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post #1 of 9 Old 12-28-2015, 08:49 PM Thread Starter
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Question How tight should tall boots be?

I recently got my first pair of tall boots for Christmas, Cadet Flex II Boot, I'm a size 7 and when I put on the boots they were tight around the calf. Not to the point that it was cutting of circulation but it was hard to take them off. Before my tall boots I just wore regular riding boots with chaps and they were pretty loose since I have had them for about 3 years and I have lost weight since so they were loose but not as tight as my new tall boots. My question is, should my tall boots be this tight?

btw this is a link to the boots that I got Cadet Flex II Boot | Dover Saddlery
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They are usually pretty snug. Yours are brand new I'm guessing? They'll stretch out a bit with time!
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IME these boots are designed for tall slim athletic women, and if you are shorter and chunky (like me :( ) they are going to be firm around the calf. I haven't worn them in years but from memory I think I had to go a size up to be comfortable, so I am better of with jodhpur boots.
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You can go to a leather worker and get a piece of elastic put in!
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Okay looking at the boots I retract my comment, they already have it!
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Tall riding boots are supposed to be snug. To put on riding boots use a boot hook and to remove you will need a boot jack. These can be all purchased at a tack shop. Even when i had rubber riding boots i could never remove my boots with a book jack. Hope this helps.
I personally just use my paddock boots with half chaps for lessons. For shows I would use my tall ones. Plus my tall boots haven't been broken in that much. My paddock boots are just so comfy.
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post #7 of 9 Old 12-29-2015, 10:37 AM
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Hi Anna!

Field boots should fit closely at the calf, otherwise they tend to collect debris. The fit should be just open enough to allow you to get them on (and off) without an assistant :-) Another thing to consider is the riding breeches you wear; you want enough room for them as well. I have a pair of boots that I use with jeans, as there is more room at the top to accommodate stuffing them down into the boot. I also sometimes carry my crop tucked down into the boot top.
Zip boots go a long way toward resolving fit vs ease of entry issues, but they are not real useful outside of an arena, as your feet will get wet at the slightest hint of water in your environment.
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For showing, your tall boots should be tight. They'll stretch and drop some over time, but as the current style is for very fitted and very tall boots, you'll want them to be very snug before they're broken in. Yours sound like they fit about right, breaking in new boots isn't the most comfortable process, but the end result is worth it! If brand new tall boots don't squeeze your legs and aren't up to at least the bottom of your knee cap, when they break in, they'll be way too short and loose.
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It's usually the norm to automatically buy a set of boot pulls and a boot jack for your hunt boots. (unless you get the ones with the hidden zippers!)They are supposed to be snug but of course not cut off circulation. They will fit with the thin stretching material of your breeches but you generally won't be able to use them with jeans. You'll need to carry the pulls and jacks with you wherever you use the boots. They are a lifesaver!

If you ride casually and then suddenly start riding a lot of hours, you may find that your calf muscles will get much larger and you may have to get wider boots. Putting your heels down makes your calf muscles larger while pointing your toes makes them slimmer. This happened to me years ago when I suddenly started riding for hours every day. My calf muscles increased by 1-1/2" and I had to get extra wide boots! After I went back to regular riding, I didn't need the extra wides anymore.
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