Need Critique on English Boots
I don't have extremely huge calves and I'm not in denial. I mean, my calves aren't all tiny and bird like but they aren't big enough for wide calf boots to fit me w/out a huge gap. That being said, I'm on my THIRD pair of zip up field boots. I wore a pair of cheap Saxons for about a year before they broke. I bought a pair of ariats that broke on the first wear (the zipper) and then I bought a pair of Dublins that I wore twice. Those I taped up w/ electrical tape and showed anyway then I sent them to the shoe-maker. For $60 they are putting the zippers back on but I'm not sure how long it will take.
I'm looking at these. They look like they have a huge piece of elastic in them. Can anyone give me a rating on them? Does anyone have them? Know anything about the brand/cost. Ect?
I would like to buy them today or tomorrow so let me know if they run small, hold up, look nice, etc...
DevonAire Ladies Camden Field Boot - Statelinetack.com
Looking at the reviews, it appears that they're made in China and the zipper quality is crap. I don't know what your price range is, but I've heard really good things about these boots:
Tredstep Donatello Field Boot - Field Boots from SmartPak Equine
That strikes me as very overpriced for a DevonAire product. You will almost certainly end up replacing the zippers right away.
Have you looked at Mountain Horse boots? I have a pair of dress boots from them, and I've been impressed with the quality for the price I paid. Plus my boots have a pretty good-sized strip of elastic, which is definitely appreciated!
IMHO, zippers on boots end up breaking and they dig in too much. I also sew, and you eventually have to replace heavy duty zippers on jackets, but it's possible bc the leather (if it's a leather jacket) is supple. You HAVE to take these to a shoe shop to replace the zippers.
I really prefer field boots that adjust by tying. More like this~
TuffRider Ladies Baroque Field Boot - Statelinetack.com
One of my teenaged help bought a pair of synthetic paddock boots from a tack shop locally that carries very high quality, and the zippers are shot after about a dozen wears. I just don't like them, myself.
I should ADD that there is nothing wrong with your athletic calves. IMHO, tack stores need to get that Memo, and start selling riding boots that start with "Model Thin," then "Thin," then "Average", then "Wide", then "You fill in the Label."
Even my 24yo DD, who has put on the Freshman-15 (in her stressed first year of Law School) is having trouble fitting her calves in the boots I bought her 2 years ago. She's not fat, but an Olympic Sprinter or even Marathon runner wouldn't fit THESE boots!!! ***Corporal lets out a frustrated scream!!**
Don't get me started about Boots for Skinny-calves! I'm slim, my legs are slim, but my calves do not fit in most boots. And I resent deeply having to have zips fixed.
I don't think my solution will suit you - I ended up having a pair of Equitector's made to measure.
Equitector Riding Boots
Christmas pressie from husband a couple of years ago. They are very nice though!
I have the Tredstep Donatello field boot and I love them! Very, very limited break in time, amazing quality. They are very comfortable, and clean up nice. As a swimmer I have an athletic calves and these fit me wonderfully.
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