What do you think of paddock boots made of duraleather?
I found a second-hand pair for really cheap, and if they are reasonably comfortable and last a season, that would be great (for my daughter, she'll outgrow them anyway pretty soon.) She only rides once a week, and so far I've been spending over $100, and it has been 2 summer paddock boots, and 2 winter paddock boots, as she outgrows them so fast. I really need a cheap option now.
Anything really bad that I should know about duraleather paddock boots? :-)
I've had the same pair of cheap fake leather boots for the past 5 years of fairly frequent riding. In winter I wear thicker socks. They are starting to split at the seam near the toe now so it may be time to replace them. They aren't old-leather-worn-in-boot comfortable, but they do the trick.
I looked up similar boots, and they are not significantly cheaper than lower end leather Ariats, when new.
I raised three daughters and feel your pain. Even had one with sensory issues. I wasn't always able to afford the fanciest, but always tried to get the best I could afford. Sometimes it just doesn't make sense to buy high end when they are growing so fast.
This is off-topic, but I have to tell you: The daughter with sensation issues? They practically disappeared when she graduated and went off to college. The combination of peer pressure and tight budget was curative, possibly!
I know many swear by the mountain horse boots, and when they were on sale I tried to convince my daughter to wear them, but she just couldn't tolerate how they were made on the inside. She'd been okay with the lower end Ariats, which are not that expensive, but the problem is she went through 4 of them in the last 18 months! So it accumulates, obviously. The good thing is, she is not picky about looks at all. She'd wear anything, as long as it is comfortable. :D
ebay is great for used equipment! buy her whatever works for your budget. nothing worse than spending more than you have.. I think it's good for kids to learn that we all have to live by the numbers we have.
I got my first pair of brand new riding boots for my birthday but no way am I walking through horse poop and mud up to my ankles with my fabulous new laramie snake skins. I'll use them when the weather's better, but for now I'm using my preowned steel toed durangos for riding. (they're half real leather and half leatherette or whatever they're calling make believe leather this year and when I have to turn out my horse and it's wet and muddy and nasty, I just do what I have to and that's that.)
oh PS...I got my first pair of paddock boots on ebay, in gorgeous condition. Really flashy too - brown and navy leather and they cost about 40 w shipping. I also got my half chaps and I wear wide calve and I got them at a great price. Do not underestimate ebay for great deals. Set up your search and save your search and they'll email you when something comes within your parameters.
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