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post #11 of 21 Old 06-02-2018, 09:49 PM
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Height of a boot is a personal like or dislike.
I have not ever seen "western boots" go to anything above mid-calf.
I can tell you my tall English field boots have some restrictive movement in them for barn chores.

Pull on if you have wide calves can be harder to get on or off, and pants can not be slim cut unless you wear the bottoms tucked in, something more commonly seen by women.
Zippers on side or back...seen more on a true English style boot.

For walking and having a bit of traction and stability, a sole with some tread or grip-ability is favored.
I have true paddock boots with a flat bottomed sole. I hate them on grass or damp ground I slip and slide.
Soles as long as they are not lugged like on a true work-boot are fine for riding in.
A stirrup that is proper width is not going to "trap" a foot...but release the foot as needed when needed.

Several of us gave you examples of multi-purpose boots you will see many wearing in barns doing chores, riding and other activities.
I think that was covered for you....

You of course need to go discover on your own in stores and tack shops the full array of offerings for footwear and the outrageous prices some come with...
You talk about wanting/needing western boots but want to ride English and then want a boot that can cover both disciplines and barn work and chores...
That was what was offered by many were footwear we use.
Tried, true and tested by our feet...

Decisions are yours to make...
Go try the boots on and purchase what is most comfortable for is your feet and body that needs to be comfortable.
Happy shopping.

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Would something like this work for you?

Justin lace up work boots. If you want your foot to be able to slip out, get short laces and only use the bottom holes. Or lace all the way to the top if you like.

I wore my Red Wing cowboy boots and jeans riding English. Still do with my Aussie saddle. But I wasn't showing.

And arguably, my ideas on "English" were a bit eccentric as well:

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Would something like this work for you?

Justin lace up work boots. If you want your foot to be able to slip out, get short laces and only use the bottom holes. Or lace all the way to the top if you like.
That look like something I need. I know I have too much request in a pair of boot hahaha. I just don't want to buy something expensive for just 1-2 times. Multipurpose boots is something I need for Western/English/Barn/Mud/Snow/etc.

Here is what I found on the web.

Heritage Lacer
Not sure about sole since it doesn't have other picture than the one showing the boot. Easy to clean? Black or Brown?
Looks good for both summer/winter, but too much tread right? Not sure if it's a good pair for riding…
Too much treads too?

There is also some paddock boots that look like the Heritage Lacer…

Overall, not sure if they are all waterproof. Do you think it's a prerequisite or not?

The only waterproof paddock I found is Performer Pro VX Paddock Boot but very expensive.

Also, they are all made of leather, but is leather + cold winter = very cold feet?

Sad those one are only for women even if personally they all look the same.

I think I will go in a store this week, but it's so far! 1h ride just go see is a bit ridiculous.

EDIT: The problem is that Western style riding is mostly from southern part of North-America and most European Countries (they have summer + winter like in Canada) are riding English, so for sure they have more adapted boots compared to Western :(

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These are what my son is currently wearing. He had to have black shoes for a guitar concert and since he was needing new boots he went with these. He has a pair of Georgia Boots that are similar - no fringe for every day. He wears both now that concert season is over. Mainly black for impressing the girls when riding only and the other pair for work/riding. He's worn Ariats and loves them but they were mine until his feet got too big and we went with more economical choices as every (average 9 months) I was buying boots. I like lace ups because you can go with different socks for winter and summer. Summer it is a thin sock and extra insole - winter I remove the insole and go with a warmer sock. I have both water proof and not but I will say as long as you take care of those that are not water proof they will take care of you and last. He did have a pair of English paddock boots that we got for an insane price on clearance and he wore those out. I would not get insulated boots unless you need insulation year round. I have a pair from my east coast days and I rarely wear them here but we are much warmer. I didn't wear them summers on the east coast because they were way too hot. You may be colder year round.... Soon as my son stays 2 years in a pair I'll buy him the Ariats he wants. Right now at a men's 13 (14 year old) I hope he stops growing those feet.

ETA He wears half chaps with any of his boots. Even the mid calf lace ups as his pants tend to ride up and he has ended up with some pretty raw spots. He hates the elastic gator clips and they can tear the saddle worn over the boot and him worn in the boot.
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I have never found the perfect boot to do everything I do unfortunately. I understand your dilemma of not wanting to spend a lot of money and not look to cowboy boot-ish.

If I were you, like Goldenhorse mentioned, a paddock boot with a little room so you wear a good wool sock for the winter. Light cotton or silk sock in the summer. Condition the leather boot according to the season. I've used a bees wax waterproofing on a non water proof boot with decent success.

With that said, I prefer to do chores in different boots(muck boots)or shoes than what I ride in. I put my boots on before I ride and change after. It saves them from water, manure, urine and general wear and tear.
Winter can be tough here so I usually wear an insulated snow pack boot.
Another option is buying used on eBay or similar sites to figure out what you like and what works for your situation.
I buy used boots all the time :)
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@horselovinguy one of my X's had men's western tall boots for brush in the desert and mesquite prone areas. I felt trapped (panic attack claustraphobic) in them which is odd as my English tall boots don't give me anxiety. The shaft hit about 2 inches below the crease of the knee bent.

They looked similar to theese but were tooled.
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I should have stayed off this thread; all this talk of boots got me looking and I decided was time for a new pair!

This is what I chose, waterproof and good for barn chores and riding!

Don't know if it comes in a men's style though.

Barnyard Twin Gore Waterproof Boot
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Ok I ask my instructor and she said it's not mandatory to have cowboy boots and riding boots are ok other than the tall classic boots. Is there any mid-calf kind of riding/paddock boots out there? I found some interesting paddock boots which are waterproof and have little treads for winter/rain, but they all look a bit too close to ankle.

If you know any good laced riding boots (brown or black) a bit higher than ankle. Let me know!
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Look at Georgia or Justin lace up work boot.
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Did someone tried to ride with some Mountain Horse boots?

They kind of look good, but I'm scare it has too big treads for riding western… Well, currently riding with some winter boots that I converted into riding boots since they are a bit muddy and destroyed haha… It has big treads, but no problem with the stirrup.

Mountain Horse Rider Classic

Spring River

I also found this

Well, it's for women, but I think it is high enough (above ankle). Trying to find something similar for men and if possible around 100$ (this one is $200) in syntetic material (easier to clean than leather). I tried to search for synthetic lace paddock boots, but all results with great boots are for women :( Look like men don't have lot of choice or no choice at all...

I would prefer synthetic materials, because I never had leather shoes or boots and it looks complicated to take care of.

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