Horse riding boots, riding boots, tall boots, dress boots, field boots, leather boots, rubber boots,paddock boots. Stop the merry go round I need to get off!
There are so many choices and styles. Some with different purposes.
I hope this reference guide can help you decide what choices you should make.
Tall horse riding boots made with leather are available in many different styles.
Quality tall leather riding boots are considered the most prestigious type of boot because of their classic look and hefty price tag.
There are many advantages to leather boots beyond the appearance and you can get a good quality tall boot at a reasonable price.
My recommendation for an excellent quality, every day tall riding boot is the Ariat Womens V Sport Tall Zip Tall Riding Boot.
Ariat boots are well made. comfortable, easy care and last a LONG time. What’s not to like?
When you first try on horse riding boots they can seem hard, stiff and uncomfortable. There is usually a “break in” period.
Quality leather riding boots are naturally soft and in time, with extended use, will develop and mold into the shape of your foot and leg by softening behind the knee and in the ankle area.
These aren’t boots that you can just throw into a corner when finished riding. You need to maintain them properly or they will soon degenerate and look dirty, scuffed and start to fall apart.
Tall horse riding boots are preferred in horse shows, clinics and other competition.
Field boots are tall leather riding boots that have lacing at the ankle. I have a big wide foot that makes me a good swimmer, but makes it hard for me to get riding boots on.
I chose field boots because the lacing allowed me a little more room to get them on. People that compete in hunt seat, jumpers and cross country will wear these riding boots. They have more flex in their ankle when they shorten their stirrups.
Ariat Womens Heritage Field Boots are reasonably priced and have the classic good looks of a much pricier boot.
Dress boots are similar to field boots except that the doesn’t have laces and tend to have a more elongated, sleeker look. (I could never get my foot in them and I was afraid that once I did I could only get them off with scissors!)
Around my barn many of the riders have leather dress boots. They like this style especially for horse shows. Most dress boots, and even some field boots, now come with zippers for an “easy on – easy off” experience.
The Heritage Womens Tall Zip Dress Boot is another well made, reasonably priced boot from the Ariat line of footwear.
If dressage is your discipline then dress boots are a must for showing!
You can buy inserts or rollup newspapers Inside them to help them maintain their shape.
If you oil and wax them with quality products such as Hestra Leather Balm you will get many years out of your horse riding boots!