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jamesqf 10-05-2009 06:13 PM

Riding/walking boot advice?
Perhaps an odd question (and maybe I'm just displaying my ignorance), but can anyone recommend boots that are suitable for both riding and walking/running?

Thing is, after years of going along with a friend on her trail rides - most people on horses, me walk/running or biking - I got talked into getting a horse. Now much as I like horses & being around them, I don't think I'd feel comfortable (or get much exercise) riding ALL the time, so I will probably spend a lot of time walking alongside the horse. (Which I've been doing anyway: she spent several years just loafing around a pasture, so she's rather out of shape & her feet are tender, and I've been walk/trotting her on a lead to get used to exercise & accustomed to me.)

So my usual trail shoes (waffle soles with no heels) aren't really safe for riding, while the boots I see are mostly of the "cowboy" kind, (Suited to walking from the hitching post to the saloon, IOW :-)) Can anyone recommend boots (and a place to get them) that will work in both worlds?

Vidaloco 10-05-2009 11:32 PM

My husband and I have a standing arguement about riding boots. He says they should be so loose they are uncomfortable to walk in. Reason, so they will slip off if you have had a wreck and are being dragged by a stirrup.
My thoughts are I want to be comfortable on my walk back to the barn after the wreck so give me some comfy shoes.
That said, I ride in Ariat endurance shoes. They have a good heel and non stirrup grabbing sole which you need for riding. Plus they are comfortable for long walks. The are made for the endurance rider who by definition rides part walks/runs part way on a trail.
I like the Ariat H2O's because they are also water proof. I have these-\34476P.jpg but they also make a low top.

ETA- you can google Ariat for a place to buy them. They are sold at tons of places

ThatNinjaHorse 10-06-2009 06:40 AM

^^ i was going to mention Ariats, they'd be the way to do id say, they have a large range

Mingiz 10-06-2009 07:29 AM

The justin horseshoes are very comfortable boots. They are simular to the Ariats. I have had a pair going on 4yrs now and they have held up well....

dashygirl 10-06-2009 10:22 AM

I'm a fan of Ariats.

Painted Horse 10-06-2009 11:16 AM

Jamesqf, As you can see there are a couple of makes boots that are more like athletic shoes, but still have the feature a horseman wants of a heel and no waffle tread. And most will have a spur ledge.

As far as you wanting to get off and get your own exercise, you can see that both Endurance and Ride and Tie type of events encourage that.

jamesqf 10-06-2009 06:26 PM

Thanks for the suggestions, everyone. I see there are a few places not too far away that sell the Ariats, so I will have a look next time I go into town.

Appyt 10-06-2009 07:24 PM

I love Ariats and Twisted X boots Comfortable to ride in and to walk in. I used to waitress and I wore ariats Exclusively.

hccumminssmoke 10-21-2009 04:47 PM

handsdown ariats...I ride in Heritage Lacers and ride/wear daily Ariat Blackwater, they are slip on flat toes...Im on pair 7 of ariats...just a great all around boot imo...


jamesqf 10-22-2009 01:12 AM

I haven't been having much luck finding the endurance-type Ariat boots around here. The nearby stores listed on Ariat's web site mostly don't have much of anything in stock, except for "cowboy" type boots.

I've been thinking of buying them on line, but don't know how well it would work for shoes. Every shoe maker seems to have a slightly different ideay of what a shoe size should be... Anyone tried it? Good results or bad?

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