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    08-28-2012, 05:14 PM
  #11
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My new tony lamas - looove these..
tony lama women's tan navajo with painted cross boot
aaaaah!!! I must have these boots!!!!!
     
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    08-28-2012, 05:34 PM
  #12
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by nikelodeon79    
aaaaah!!! I must have these boots!!!!!
They are so amazing.. I'm in love with them, really planning this cute outfit that's a beige/tan colored sundress..Alright.. I'll stop hijacking the thread!
     
    08-30-2012, 11:58 AM
  #13
Foal
I HATED my Fat Babies. They are not comfortable AT ALL. They don't wear well, either. I bought one pair, and trashed them after a year. They feel more like a workboot than a riding boot.

I recently bought a pair of Stetson's. I love them. They are of wonderful quality. The leather is beautiful and thick, and the stitching is great. I highly reccomend Stetson.
     
    09-08-2012, 10:24 PM
  #14
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I would say stay away from the Justin Gypsy boots BIG TIME.

I have a pair right now and let me tell you they are not the best boots in the world. When I picked them out they had a bit too much tread on them for my liking but they were really comfortable and I thought "hey what the heck not a bad price". Well they're too wide and I find myself getting caught up sometimes when I'm dismounting. Luckily I haven't fallen off in them because they'd probably get stuck in the stirrups.

Also I've only had them since April and they're already coming apart. The soles are breaking away from the boot and I can't figure out why. I don't abuse my boots and if it's muddy or I'm doing stalls I where my rubber muck boots. The leather is not so nice quality and its very brittle/thin in areas.

My first ever set of riding boots were these.
Men's Dingo Amsterdam Boots #DI15240
They're men's boots I know but man are they HARDY. I had those things for 5yrs and wore them in rain, mud, while doing stalls, while riding, thru puddles, and they were even my snow boots one year(not a good idea as they have no traction hehe) they survived it all. I ended up buying another pair of them but then got the Gypsys trying a new style(bad idea)I still have the second pair of Dingos they're my back up boots but they might become my main one's with the way my gypsys are fallin apart.

Here are pics of what's happening to my Gypsys. And as I said before I've only had them since April and I don't abuse my boots they started coming apart on their own.

Edit-Oops sorry I didn't realize this thread was over a week old.
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    09-08-2012, 10:40 PM
  #15
Trained
If you are strictly using the boots for riding, I prefer a single welt leather soled boot. As mentioned before, a big, wide rubber sole will increase your chance of getting hung up if you fall.

I generally keep my ridding boots in the tack room of my trailer or he mud room of my house. I f I am not riding, I am not wearing them. I have muck boots for the mud, or Roper slipons for feeding/chores.

I never had much luck with Ariats, but I bought a pair for my husband years ago on Ebay for $75 and he is still wearing them even though we have had them re-soled three times! I'm impressed.

I used to love Boulets but the quality has gone down. Last winter I bought some Anderson Beans and I was thrilled with them, but the leather is cracking already :(
I have an old pair of Paul Bonds but I hate wearing them because I don't want to ruin them....they are over 20 years old ...lol.

It just depends on the amount of money you want to spend. And I suggest if you find a good pair that you love, use them strictly for riding and find some cheap ones to do chores in.
     
    09-09-2012, 02:28 AM
  #16
Green Broke
Paul Bond for customs. Olathe for factory made.

Either will last most people decades, if cared for.
     
    09-14-2012, 02:56 PM
  #17
Weanling
If you are looking for a boot strictly for riding, I like a "riding heel" on my boots. Ropers are more comfortable for walking, but not necessarily better for riding. Ropers were developed for "ropers", who have to get off a horse fast and run to a steer before he gets up off the ground. Tall riding heels are not very good for running in the dirt. You will find "outfitter boots" that lace up with tall uppers, that also have tall riding heels, because they're safer for riding.

I'm not sure why, but it seems most women's boots with riding heels also have a very thin sole. I think it's just for looks. If you're buying for shows, that's the way I'd go. If you're buying for the trail, I might even suggest looking at men's boots if you can find your size. They generally have thick soles and good heels, and you can have them resoled many times over the years. Good riding boots with riding heels will also have a "spur shelf" on the back of the heel. It is very nice for keeping spurs in place, which is a must for me.

Go with leather foot and uppers. Stay away from vinyl. They don't breathe and your foot will always be sweaty and wet. Rubber soles are nice for rainy weather, but you may not be able to have them resoled when they wear out. I prefer leather soles. My dad likes rubber soles with a little tread on them. Stay away from steel-toe workboots for riding. They are uncomfortable.

Tony Llamas fit my feet the best. They tend to run narrower than other brands. You're probably going to be looking at spending around $200-250 for a decent pair. Mine are on their third sole. Note the spur shelf.
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    10-05-2012, 02:44 PM
  #18
Foal
Don't forget ebay and etsy.com as great sources for cowboy boots. Most times you can find something that is nicely broken in for 10% of what you'd pay in a store. Vintage pairs that are sturdy are excellent choices. Men's boots are built more sturdily than women's for the most part. To convert your size (assuming you are a "B" width for a woman): if you wear an 8 B, go down 1.5 sizes and change the B to a D. In men's you would be a 6.5 D. ALWAYS GO BY THE MEASUREMENTS PROVIDED FOR THE OUTSOLE and not by some size number. Most of the time you shouldn't have trouble, but for example, Tony Lamas run a bit narrow, and Luccheses have low insteps. You might need to adjust sizes. I would strongly recommend that you go with an older pair in great condition than wasting your money on new boots that are IMHO very cheaply and shoddily made. Hope this helps!
     
    10-05-2012, 02:45 PM
  #19
Foal
Oh, and boot prices are very low now on ebay. Sales have been terrible. I should know. I'm a seller.
     
    10-07-2012, 04:30 AM
  #20
Foal
I disagree. Shoes tend to conform to the wearer's feet as they get broken in and can be uncomfortable for others to try to wear.
     

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