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post #11 of 24 Old 05-08-2017, 09:03 PM
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A true riding boot will give you a solid "hard" foot base with a real heel.
Laces to adjust the feel and support of your ankle.
A sole that is not lugged {work boot look} but smoother with a fine grip pattern on the sole.
Stay away from a plain no grip sole as they are not walking friendly in damp grass or ground.
Do spend a little more money and purchase a shoe with a stitched sole not glued on as glued on separate easily once damp forget getting wet while wearing them.
Try on several pairs to find a comfortable fit as like all shoes there are differences.
Yes, you can find these online and save some $, but be positive of make, style and color you want first...
Many places will be having sales soon as summer riding camps are starting soon and new riders need to outfitted...hence the sales.
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I rode with half chaps and paddock boots for years. Once I bought tall boot size used those exclusively. I bought a really expensive pair a few years ago, super soft and nice. I wear the every ride.

Now they aren't in show condition anymore. ﹋o﹋
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I tried some boots under $50 at Dover Saddlery, but they're all really stiff. I'm assuming it's what it is supposed to be, but what are the softest brands in your experiences?

I bought breeches, so it was still a worthwhile trip.

What do you guys think of the Tuffrider paddock boots? https://www.amazon.com/TuffRider-Wom...+paddock+boots

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Mine are Ariats. Got them on sale for $300. I've had a pair of $80 boots and they are still super stiff.

Most tall boots are stiff to a degree when new. Is how they break in that makes the quality.
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I got a pair of boots on sale for $50, they were stiff, but after 1 ride they had softened a lot.

Mine are Dublin, not sure if they're just in Australia or not though, but I don't mind if they're a bit stiff anyway, comes with being cheap I guess!
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Want to know how to break in leather boots? It's scary but it works....put on your new boots, then fill up a tall bucket with very warm water and stick your boots in until they are thoroughly soaked, your feet and all. Wear those boots all day, ride in them, walk in them, stretch them out. Then at the end of the day, take them off and slather on a good leather dressing, the greasy kind, not a liquid, with your hands. Next time you wear your boots they will custom fit your feet.
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I tried some boots under $50 at Dover Saddlery, but they're all really stiff. I'm assuming it's what it is supposed to be, but what are the softest brands in your experiences?

I bought breeches, so it was still a worthwhile trip.

What do you guys think of the Tuffrider paddock boots? https://www.amazon.com/TuffRider-Wom...+paddock+boots
My son has a pair of Tuffrider field boots and they quality isn't bad for the price. He's only had them about a year and he doesn't ride a ton, so I can't fully verify their longevity, but I'm pleasantly surprised on how soft they are.

I have a pair of Ariat paddock boots that I got on super sale at Stateline tack for $60-70. They are pretty comfortable. I haven't spoiled myself w/ super expensive boots yet, and I'm not sure I want to as I probably will only want those from then on.
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What do you guys think of the Tuffrider paddock boots? https://www.amazon.com/TuffRider-Wom...+paddock+boots
Those are the exact boots I have, only in brown. I only ride once a week, but I've been volunteering around the barn and I found them to be great. I bought a cheap $2.00 pair of insoles, and now they are really comfortable. The reviewers on Amazon said they ran small, but my normal size fit me perfectly.
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If you tried on inexpensive boots when you were at Dover you may have tried these already...
http://www.doversaddlery.com/tuffrid...ot/p/X1-38882/
Inexpensive, synthetic leather can be hot to wear in summer heat and cold to wear in winter as again synthetic doesn't breathe like real leather does.
They are a good place to start with boots but once you wear "leather" you will not go back to synthetic materials on your feet.
Do make sure though you have a good fit and arch support or purchase those items for your foot comfort.
I prefer laces over elastic inserts for ankle fit and support. I find zippers break, stick and can be difficult moving at times. I also found the elastic stretches pretty easy and then I lost the support and good fit.
I had really good quality elastic inset paddock boots and still had those issues...so it is what it is no matter the $$ paid.
Today I won't buy anything but lace up paddock boots.
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OP, good for you looking at real paddock boots, not those women's fashion "equestrian" boots that were shown in your 1st post. There is a huge difference.


Can I suggest that you spend a little bit more and buy real leather, not synthetic. Synthetic will never, ever soften up and allow you to get your heels down and they can be very uncomfortable for even walking! Let's face it, they are molded plastic so they don't bend or lose their shape. You can oil leather boots and they will soften up and move when you walk or ride. I have 2 pairs of leather dress boots that are 30 years old and still look like new. Plus, feel like a pair of slippers and don't give me blisters!
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