I’ve been struggling to find tall boots for quite some time. I can’t seem to find the magical balance between fit and durability — either the boots fit and they break quickly, or they don’t fit but last forever. I talked about my hatred of tall boots late last summer, and since then my feelings haven’t changed. But now I’m finally in a position to do something about it (huzzah!).
Since my last post, I’ve tried just about every brand and model of tall boots I could get my hands on. I went to three different tack stores to try on every boot they had in stock. Here’s my current list:
- Ariat: Heritages don’t fit, Challenges make my feet go numb, Monaco’s don’t fit
- DeNiro: Didn’t fit off the rack
- Der Dau: Didn’t fit off the rack
- Mountain Horse: Didn’t fit
- Parlanti: Don’t come in my size off the rack
- Tredstep: Donatello’s fit, but are bulky in the ankle, Medici’s broke after 6 months
It’s pretty frustrating that since my calf is wide that I can’t really find a good fit, because otherwise I’m pretty much average (size 8.5-9 foot and regular height). On the advice of many who commented on my previous post, I got my Tredstep Medici’s repaired, but unfortunately that also didn’t go smoothly. The boots are fixed and wearable, and while you don’t notice the defects from afar and I could definitely show in them, I don’t feel confident in them. I’m sure this is just my hunter princess coming to the surface, but I like to look and feel like a million bucks when I go into the show ring. I was fully prepared to show in them this year anyways, but thanks to my amazing husband, I’m now looking into some custom tall boots!
But… I’ve never looked into this before. I don’t go to any big shows where there are lots of reps, and the closest tack store that measures is 2.5 hours north, and they only offer Tucci. I’m nervous to measure myself and order, based on some of the horror stories I’ve heard. I’m pretty open in terms of brand: Vogul and Tucci are near the top of my list, but I’ve also thought about La Mundial and Eiki. So I’m coming to blogland to hear your experiences and ask your advice!