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heymckate 01-13-2013 01:52 PM

Tall boots question
 
How weird will people think I look in the hunter ring with tall dress boots and not field boots? In the past I rarely showed hunters, so it was a non-issue.

I don't anticipate going to any rated shows anytime soon (not in the budget this year), otherwise I'd definitely invest in some field boots. However, some of the shows on our schedule are a bit more... high-profile... than others.

Just wondering if it will be necessary for me to find some field boots, or if the dress boots will work for now.

upnover 01-13-2013 04:59 PM

I don't think anyone will turn their nose up at you bc your boots don't have laces. However, I would suggests making the investment when you can simply bc field boots are made to jump and it is much easier to have a flexible ankle with them.
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Back2Horseback 01-20-2013 11:14 PM

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Originally Posted by upnover (Post 1842610)
I don't think anyone will turn their nose up at you bc your boots don't have laces. However, I would suggests making the investment when you can simply bc field boots are made to jump and it is much easier to have a flexible ankle with them.
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When you refer to "field boots", would you be talking about paddock boots? Perhaps the sort that have the laces in the middle, are leather, and a flat bottom/slight heel? If so, I have a pair of Ariat paddock boots which I wear with half-chaps for all of my riding...I do this as for me THAT was the cheaper route to go than purchasing $300 tall boots for everyday riding/around-the-stable work, etc...you can even pick up a very nice used pair on Craigslist or Ebay-they'll have tons...possibly even Amazon.com (even if QUITE used, they can be cleaned up nicely and polished, so long as there are no holes and the sole/stitching are in good condition) for anywhere from $30-$50!

Just an idea! It's how I've managed to get quite a few pairs that now look brand-new for under $100 TOTAL...

Good luck to you! Hope this helped...
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heymckate 01-21-2013 10:22 AM

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Originally Posted by Back2Horseback (Post 1853500)
When you refer to "field boots", would you be talking about paddock boots? Perhaps the sort that have the laces in the middle, are leather, and a flat bottom/slight heel? If so, I have a pair of Ariat paddock boots which I wear with half-chaps for all of my riding...I do this as for me THAT was the cheaper route to go than purchasing $300 tall boots for everyday riding/around-the-stable work, etc...you can even pick up a very nice used pair on Craigslist or Ebay-they'll have tons...possibly even Amazon.com (even if QUITE used, they can be cleaned up nicely and polished, so long as there are no holes and the sole/stitching are in good condition) for anywhere from $30-$50!

Just an idea! It's how I've managed to get quite a few pairs that now look brand-new for under $100 TOTAL...

Good luck to you! Hope this helped...
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Field boots are tall boots with laces that are generally seen in the hunter ring. :) I have paddock boots and half chaps as well, but they're not appropriate for shows unfortunately.

Back2Horseback 01-21-2013 11:09 AM

Okay...can completely picture them...only difference between basic plain tall boots would be the lower laces, then? Do they sometimes have a strip of leather around the top in brown on a black boot? Sorry to butt in! Back to your regularly scheduled thread... :0)
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countercanter 01-25-2013 05:55 PM

Field boot, mostly seen in the hunter ring.
Ariat Monaco Field Boot - Field Boots from SmartPak Equine

Dress boot, seen in the dressage ring
Vogel Custom Boots - Customized Products from SmartPak Equine

Although they do make hunter dress boots that are shaped and contoured like field boots but do not have laces. And of course there are new styles of boots out now that do no have laces and such, like some of the Parlantis out now.

To the OP, you should be ok at local stuff, but I would start saving because a traditional dress boot will be noticeable in a ring full of field boots.

upnover 01-28-2013 09:31 PM

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Originally Posted by Back2Horseback (Post 1854035)
Okay...can completely picture them...only difference between basic plain tall boots would be the lower laces, then? Do they sometimes have a strip of leather around the top in brown on a black boot? Sorry to butt in! Back to your regularly scheduled thread... :0)
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What countercanter said. But also I believe they are actually structured differently. Dress boots are supposed to be very stiff on the sides and not allow for a very flexible ankle. (I think they also are built to slant forward at the top?) I think someone on here even told me that hers had boning on the side or something? I've never actually worn a pair! Field boots are made to be fitted and supportive around the ankle and flexible so you can get your heel down (very important for jumping, not as much for dressage!). Yes, certain styles of field boots have a brown cuff. Those are generally worn by men in showjumping or out on the hunt field. Technically now there are custom boot makers who make all sorts of variations: patent leather cuffs and toes, snakeskin cuffs, colored piping, etc. Those are generally more popular in the jumper ring since hunters like to keep things very conservative! Look up Der Dau. They make some beautiful custom boots in a huge variety of colors, makes, and models.

MySerenity 03-21-2013 06:16 PM

I actually just read something on another forum (yes, I was cheating on THF) that non-laced tall boots are a coming fashion trend. I would definitely agree with the other posters though that the tall boots made for dressage are much different in their structure. I heard someone call them "stove pipe" boots because they are so rigid.

Bottom line, I agree that it really wouldn't matter at local shows.

countercanter 03-21-2013 06:23 PM

Boots without laces are becoming quite popular. Parlanti makes a beautiful pair of off the shelf boots without laces. Dressage boots are very rigid by nature. Stovepipe boots would be an accurate description lol
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