Typically on my blog I try to keep things fairly positive. I’m not an optimistic person by nature, and over the last few years I’ve worked really hard to see the glass as half full in all areas of my life. But today, I’m going to bitch and whine to ya’ll. So strap in, grab the popcorn, and pop the cork on some wine: today’s blog post is gonna be a dramatic one!
I’m really struggling with tall boots right now, and currently they are on my shit-list. I bought a pair of Ariat Challenge field boots way back in October 2014 and I thought I was in love. They were pretty with a spanish top and square toe, and fit great… or so I thought. Not too long after that my feet started to go numb. I thought it was my stirrups… so I bought new ones. Then I thought I was bracing against my stirrups, so I worked hard to fix that. But still the numbness persisted and I finally thought maybe it’s the tall boots. A few friends also had issues with their Ariat Challenge boots (albeit different issues than I), which finally made me look for a pair of replacements in May 2016.
I’ve always been an Ariat girl, so I tried on the (cheaper!) Ariat Heritage boots, and I’m woefully between calf sizes: the wide is too big and the regular is too tight. I tried Grand Prix boots, and I couldn’t even get my foot into the size 9. At the time, I didn’t want to spend $1,000 on tall boots, so I skipped the Monaco and Parlanti, which were the only other brands at my local tack store. So I drove down to Dover Saddlery in Cincinnati and tried on Mountain Horse (too tall), and Tredstep Dontallo’s which I liked and fit well, so I bought them. They were a little bit bulky in the ankle, but I decided I could make them work for the winter.
However, we being the Hunter Princess I am, I wanted something a little bit nicer for shows, so I bought the Tredstep Medici’s online from SmartPak. I broke them in using the bathtub method thanks to Equestrian At Hart’s glowing review of the process and I loved those boots. They fit great, looked awesome and I broke them in in two days. Fantastic! Except the zipper busted in the middle of my horse show last weekend. Thank goodness my mom was able to make them work for my classes on Sunday, but they’ve obviously got to go back and I’m just hoping for a refund at this point.
But now I’m back to the drawing board as far as finding a pair of tall boots to ride in… and I have another horse show this weekend. The local tack store didn’t have any options — I tried on a pair of Parlanti’s and the calf was so small it was laughable. Of course, there wasn’t a pair of Monaco’s available for me to try on, so I suppose those are still an option. But right now, I’m pretty freaking pissed and wondering why in the hell it’s so hard to find a size 8 1/2, regular height, wide calf tall boots that lasts more than 6 months.