Rubber soled boots?
I've always been taught that a smooth leather sole is the best when riding horses but these days I seem to see a lot of boots with some kind of rubber sole on them. I was looking specifically for a tall pair of western boots.
Has anyone ridden in these?
I could see it being useful if you need some extra grip, for example if you do roping, but all I do is trail ride. I would be worried about my boot getting stuck in case of a mishap.
I suppose I could just get an extra size up, but I'm curious to see what everyone else thinks...
I ride in rain boots with good sized rubber tread on the bottom and I've never had a problem with it. Honestly, I like them even better then flat soled boots because they tend to be a little more grippy. Although I ride English so I don't know how they would do with western stirrups.
I did have one pair that were rubber soled but they were fairly loose so if I got hung up the boot would slip off. Which I was thankful for because it did happen. The boot hung in the stirrup and my foot slipped out. (It is also the same reason I don't ride in lace-up boots either)
There is a grippy bottom and there is a grippy bottom and sides.
Complete flat sole with no "texturing" makes it unsafe to walk in damp and wet surfaces like grass, you slip. Traditional "old" style paddock boots.
Today...Paddock boots are commonly made with a "textured" sole but that texturing is not wrapped around the shoe, only on the bottom and not thick gummy material.
Boot bottoms like that of the Arait H2O boot bottoms are more an issue.
Yes, they say they are for riding...and they offer support for that... it isn't the "bottom" tread that is the issues...it is the tread the protrudes around the boot and can catch on the sides of your stirrup that is an issue.
Good western "riding" boots are not completely flat soled... they have a 2" heel or slightly more and a sole with tread on it that grips the ground and stirrup some, yet does not protrude around the boot where it will catch and hold to the stirrup sides... hence a safety issue and a possible dragging when it is harder for a foot release in a fall.
This is good to hear! It's giving me a much wider range for my boot shopping :)
horselovinguy, thank you! That is exactly what I needed to know.
My repaired tall boots were suppossed to get a stitched on flat leather sole, but when they got here they had a glued on textured sole & I was much happier w/that, as we do get snow & ice & I usually do some walking in my boots. I was even happier though w/the extensions put on the Velcro closing of my insulated boots-I can now close them for the first time in years! Since so many riders have curvy calves, why are so many boots made for "stick-straight" legs? Maybe "they" think we all can afford "custom"?
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