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post #1 of 8 Old 08-13-2020, 01:07 AM Thread Starter
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Question Need Opinions on Tall Boots!!

Hello! So I have spent years struggling with tall boots. I'm on the shorter side and have smaller ankles but wider calves. I have had Mountain Horses, Tredsteps, and even super nice Parlantis, and yet I despise wearing any of them. They always strangled my calf to where I couldn't feel my toes or gave me awful bruises and scabs right behind my knee. I recently got a pair of DeNiro Salento Field Boots. When I tried them on I loved them and after one ride they felt like butter, I was amazed. My ankle had just enough room to breathe, the calf was snug and still took some effort to zip but still wearable, and best of all no horrible pain behind my knee. But... I'm starting to think they may look too short now... I waited 7 weeks for these boots and I really don't want to go through the waiting process again but if I'm spending the money I figure I should also not compromise. Can I please get some honest opinions and thoughts!!!IMG_1192.jpg

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post #2 of 8 Old 08-13-2020, 01:41 AM
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Too short?? Hardly. They are just right. Congrats . Boots that hurt are the worst.
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The "drop" is occurring that happens when boots break-in and quality leather wrinkles at the ankle as riding boots do.

Are your boots to short?
Yes. They are on the verge of it and going to end up to short in my opinion.
Broken in boots still need to come to the back of the knee joint after they have finished doing the drop and yours are not done with that part of the process yet.

I was much the same when I searched for boots.
I did not want to spend the money for customs, but when you factor in "drop" there is not a boot on the market made that was tall enough to fit my lower leg properly with break-in drop you know is going to occur.
Add in small ankles and larger muscled calf and anything off the the shelf did not fit, period.
If I remember correctly, when my measurements were done either 2.5 - 3" extra height was made into the pattern to allow for the wrinkle drop the boots were going to develop because when your ankle drops when astride the leather shall follow.
So yes, your boots are to short.
When my customs were new they bothered me to wear, not to ride in but to wear prior to riding because they were so tall the leather tops were cutting the back of my knee every step...after a few wearings and the beginning of the break-in started, the leather top softened then slid to the correct height and I can do anything at anytime in my boots they are so comfortable now.
My boots are pull-on, no zipper or gussets in them and truly a custom fit comfortable.
I would suggest if you not have them get full boot trees along with the foot piece so the foot not curl and the boot shaft stays as upright supported as possible not bending at the ankle as so many unsupported ones do.

Today custom boots are a lot of money, but so are off-the-shelf ones that are quality leather made and unless you fall into that small percentage of perfect leg dimensions, they don't fit great, tolerated but not great.
I will never regret spending the money for customs, but it was a chunk of change to commit...and so worth it.
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Hello! So I have spent years struggling with tall boots. I'm on the shorter side and have smaller ankles but wider calves. I have had Mountain Horses, Tredsteps, and even super nice Parlantis, and yet I despise wearing any of them. They always strangled my calf to where I couldn't feel my toes or gave me awful bruises and scabs right behind my knee. I recently got a pair of DeNiro Salento Field Boots. When I tried them on I loved them and after one ride they felt like butter, I was amazed. My ankle had just enough room to breathe, the calf was snug and still took some effort to zip but still wearable, and best of all no horrible pain behind my knee. But... I'm starting to think they may look too short now... I waited 7 weeks for these boots and I really don't want to go through the waiting process again but if I'm spending the money I figure I should also not compromise. Can I please get some honest opinions and thoughts!!!Attachment 1013637

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My first thought: Whoa! child those boots need cleaned! But that's just my OCD talking LOL! I think the fit looks really good. I totally agree with @horselovinguy that boot trees are an absolute necessity.
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Are your boots to short?
Yes. They are on the verge of it and going to end up to short in my opinion.
Broken in boots still need to come to the back of the knee joint after they have finished doing the drop and yours are not done with that part of the process yet.

Respectfully, disagree.

I had to order three pairs of Ariat boots, and return two, because I was convinced of the rule that the boot had to be 2-3" higher than where you wanted it to rest after the break-in period. I called Dover Saddlery's customer service line, and spoke to someone that knew how to size boots and knew the size chart to the pair I needed.

When I was fit for boots originally at a tack store, they fit me for boots that came up and past my knee joint. No matter how broke-in those boots were, I would always get blisters right behind my knee and despised wearing them.

As soon as I got a set that truly fit, they became my everywhere boots - around the barn, on the horse, groundwork...because nothing was more comfortable.

I suggest calling the company, and asking them. They know the leather they use, they know how much they will "shrink" it would have been best to ask before buying rather than after, but it wouldn't hurt to know!

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Thank yall so much for all the help! Ill contact DeNiro customer service and ask about the drop. When I ordered them online it said they would barely drop due to the zipper... The height on these is 42cm (short), the next size up would be 44cm (short medium), then the next would be 46cm (tall medium). I may also see if I can try on a taller height. Do yall think I should go for the short medium or tall medium?
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To me, the boots look to short for what is going to yet appear in drop.
A zipper in the boot makes a difference in "drop"...makes sense I guess.
I've never tried zippers and know this is what most seem to wear today, but to me, it detracts from the look of the finished product...elegance astride.
I admit to "old-fashioned classic appearance" in attire used on horse and worn by rider wanted.
Zippers and elastic gussets on boots just doesn't work for me.

My boots are pull-on, field boot fully lined...Spanish top, swagger tab, fancy toe-cap, special sole on them made to order custom. There was a few other things ordered but now don't remember all of them...my boots are years old and still in excellent condition.
The drop of my ankle at that time had a deep natural drop which if only a small amount of extra height allowed would of then made my boots to short astride.
The leather stock was specially chosen by the saddler who measured me for them.
Custom boots are made to fit the needs of each individual rider.
Just grabbed mine and stretched the wrinkle gone...2.25 inch and a bit more wrinkle drop was allowed for.

Dovers tutorial is spot on for determining successful boot height when purchasing for predicted boot final height after break-in occurs.
www.doversaddlery.com/how-to-check-the-fit-of-new-tall-boots/a/427/

When those boots need replacing all you learn now is good for the next pair purchased.
Some TLC will lengthen the life of those boots... a significant investment to need to do so soon.
Enjoy the challenge of finding just what you want and desire..
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post #8 of 8 Old 08-13-2020, 06:41 PM
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If those boots feel good, and there is no back of the knee pain, then I sure wouldn't mess with it. That is my feeling. So many times I seek perfect , over very good, and end up disappointed.
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