Whether you ride a horse or just want to look like you do ride a horse, there’s a big range of riding boots you can choose from. Let’s take a look at some of the options available to you. Take into account what you intend on wearing before settling on a final choice. Sometimes your outfit can determine the type of boots which work best for you.
Paddock boots, also referred to as short boots, are the most basic type of boots used for riders in training. You’d never see them at formal shows, although some people have worn half chaps with them to make them feel like tall boots. They’re durable and comfortable, so you can wear them all day without any problems.
Beginners tend to wear paddock boots because they’re amongst the cheapest dedicated riding boots.
Tall boots have a number of different styles, but whatever style you decide to go with they’ll stop just below the bend in the knee. These are more comfortable for riding and you don’t have to wear a pair of chaps with them. Some riders never like tall boots and they hate it when they have to wear them at shows.
What follows are a few examples of boots which would fall into the tall boots category.
Dress boots are most commonly found in hunting parties and dressage. You can find them in so many of the English horse riding disciplines, though. They aren’t ideal for training as they offer far less flexibility and stability. Beginners will almost never use dress boots because of this drawback.
Field boots look almost the same as dress boots. These tall boots have laces on the top of the boot. They look more like something a member of the military would wear. The field boots have some extra flexibility in them to make them better for jumping and using short stirrups.
Nearly all riding boots will use old-fashioned leather. Tall rubber boots are sometimes used to resemble their leather counterparts. You can find this material used in paddock boots as well. Riding schools might use rubber boots for their students. They’re much cheaper and relatively easy to procure. It’s an ideal introduction to the sport of riding without compromising on the traditions.
What about Zip-Up Boots?
Modern riding boots may include a zipper at the back. This runs down the back and makes it easier to pull on and pull off tall boots. They’re more expensive because of the extra labour put in to adding this mechanism. Some traditionalists hate the idea of zip-up boots as they see it as cheap and tacky.
Most people appreciate them for what they are. They’re more convenient than standard riding boots and can make a difficult pair of wet boots easier to get off. If you have the money, you might want to get some zip-up boots.
Buy the right pair of boots and they can last for years. If you’re buying a new pair of boots, make sure you waterproof them and give them a regular daily cleaning. Take care of them and they’ll take good care of you.
Today’s guest post is submitted by Kelly Parker. She is fashion diva and a passionate blogger. She promotes the buying of boots from ebay.com as they have a broader collection and that too at a reasonable rate.