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wren 01-20-2010 03:22 PM

good tall boots?
Hey Everyone!
I am on a budget and looking for a decent pair of zip dress boots. Unfortunately Ariat and Mountain Horse all seem to be a bit too much. :-( Has anyone had any luck with the following brands?
Devon Aire, Dublin, Ovation?
Or a different brand altogther?
I am just starting to show, and zips are a must.

eventerdrew 01-20-2010 03:58 PM

You can get a nice pair of slightly used Ariats on Ebay for way cheaper than new ones that are show quality. I've been showing for years and I only just recently got boots with a zip (reluctantly) so zips aren't necessarily a must

nirvana 01-20-2010 05:39 PM

Umm I dont have much experience in this area and have only ever purchased two types of boots. :P If you dont need them right away you could wait for a sale like me. I got my moutain horse winter boots at an amasing price.Stores will probably be trying to get rid of the stuff to make room for new inventory.

Sorry I wasnt much help.

horsea 01-20-2010 10:59 PM

I just went to the tack store recently and told her (the girl that helped me) I couldn't afford too much. She brought out their lowest priced pair and I tried them on. They were Ovations and were REALLY nice! They are a very good brand for the price, I thought they were almost as good as my Ariats actually. Devon-Aire is good, too. Their clothes are awesome as well. As for Dublin, I don't like them. They are pretty cheap and my friend who got them said they were pretty uncomfortable as well.

I wouldn't buy tall boots first time from ebay, though. If you get sized for them maybe, but they are really confusing at first.

(I went with Ariat Challenge 2 zips though: they were shiny + I'm a girl = mine :) )

dantexeventer 01-23-2010 05:20 PM

If you can wait a little bit so you have a little more money, Ariat is discontinuing the boots that are the next step up from Heritage IIs (Crownes or Challenges - not sure which.) and Dover has them for the same price as the Heritages - around $260. That's a really good price and they'll last you. With tall boots, price really tends to reflect upon quality.

JustDressageIt 01-23-2010 05:22 PM

LOVE my Ariat Heritage II Zip back tall boots. Another good brand that I'm familiar with is Equicomfort.

~*~anebel~*~ 01-23-2010 11:52 PM

Yeah my first pair of boots are Equi comfort. I still have them for jumping because jumping in stiff dress boots isn't fun :P
They have massive holes in them on the insides and the soles are coming off, but I've had them for 10 years, so...
They are decent enough quality.

wren 01-24-2010 09:40 AM

Found some Ariat Challenge Zips for $199 down from $380 or so on Dover! Wee! Thanks for the tip Dantex.
Thanks for the advice everyone else!

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