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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Sep. 11, 2011

    Question Field boots, $350 and under..

    I'm wanting to purchase new boots before show season kicks off next year. I tried on a pair of the Ariat Volants, and LOVED them. However, they are out of my price range (unless they go on sale) and the saleswoman said not to wear them in the washrack. Now obviously I won't be standing in knee-deep water all day every day in my boots, but I ride 5-6 horses four days a week, and usually have to hose at least a couple of them off. I don't have the time to take boots off before I step into the washrack, then put them back on before I hop on the next horse in the cross ties.

    If my current boots hold up I would have no problem saving my new boots (after I break them in) for shows/clinics only, but at some point I will have to retire my current ones, and I need boots that will hold up to almost daily use. I take good care of my boots and clean them every day before I put them away. Comfortable soles are a must!

    Just trying to see what boots are recommended by the masses.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar. 1, 2003
    Happily in Canada


    I had a pair of Boulets that lasted and lasted and lasted (approx. 10 years), through working student stints, travelled to England and back, you get the drift. They were dress boots though, and no zippers.

    Currently have a pair of Ariat Heritage (II, I think) for shows. I know those wouldn't last for 5-6 horses 4 days a week. I went with Ariat Terrain (or whatever the waterproof version is) paddock shoes and Dublin half-chaps. That combination lasted and lasted and lasted (I think the paddock shoes were 3 years of absolutely continuous use, plus hiking in them).

    You never know what kind of obsessive compulsive crazy person you are until another person imitates your behaviour at a three-day. --Gry2Yng

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jan. 19, 2009


    I really like the Tredstep Donatello boots. They're great for the money!

    I bought a pair instead of replacing my paddock boots and half chaps, so I've been beating mine up. I've had them about a year and they're holding up well so far.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Oct. 20, 2008
    Sunshine State


    I got a pair of Mountain Horse Venice field boots for Christmas two years ago, and I LOVE them. They look stylish and are so comfortable, and still look fantastic. I wear them every time I ride (usually 3x a week) and for all the associated barn chores.

    One by one lots of the other former Ariat owners at my barn are switching over to these boots.
    The rebel in the grey shirt

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Feb. 23, 2010
    Boston, MA


    I needed an emergency pair of tall boots a couple of months ago, as my zipper kept breaking right before a show. I tried on lots of pairs - Treadstep, Mountain Horse, etc. and none fit me right. In a fit of panic, I ran into Dover and tried these on:
    and I LOVED them. They didn't require much break-in, and they have a lovely elastic gusset that isn't hideous like some that make them much more fitted through the ankle, but still able to zip over my calf. Now I have only worn them half a dozen times or so (at shows only), so I can't speak to how they will hold up long term, but I thought they were a great deal for $250 - I think they look like much more expensive boots.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Mar. 6, 2002


    I got a pair of NIB crowne pro zips off ebay for around $250, I think? I like them well enough. Ariat is the only off-the-shelf maker that has boots tall enough for my freak legs.
    What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what
    lies with in us. - Emerson

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Mar. 27, 2009
    Northern California


    I've heard great things about the Donatello's. I have the Da Vinci's and couldn't be happier.

    The Ariat Challenge are on sale at smartpak right now. My ariats have lasted me a good 7 years and are still going.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Jul. 15, 2005
    Cambridge Springs, PA


    I got these about 2 months ago... I wear them all day many days, riding, mucking, turnout, lunging, teaching, etc. They are holding up great so far and SUPER COMFY.

    They have the regular calf version too.
    2016 RRP Makeover Competitor

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Feb. 8, 2007


    I just bought these about 2 weeks ago and I LOVE THEM. Very little break-in time and a nice fit all the way around. I've never had a pair of zip-up boots that fit me so well in the ankle, so finding this pair was such a pleasant surprise.
    "Promote what you believe instead of bashing what you hate."

    Five year olds are fun!

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Jun. 30, 2009


    Quote Originally Posted by runNjump86 View Post
    I'm wanting to purchase new boots before show season kicks off next year. I tried on a pair of the Ariat Volants, and LOVED them. However, they are out of my price range (unless they go on sale) .
    Try here

    Someone else had them on sale in the last month or so (was posted on COTH) but I don't recall where ...

    ETA Dover

  11. #11
    Join Date
    Jul. 24, 2006
    Seattle, WA


    I got my Volants last January and ride 2-3 horses a day in them most days (as well as doing all of my barn work in them). They are wet much of the time between hosing the horses down in the summer and the ENDLESS MUD in the winter. They're still in like new condition, so I'm not sure I would worry too much about the wash rack warning. I feel like that's something that will tend to break down ANY boots faster (in theory).

    My only complaint is that I bought my normal Ariat size and they fit really nicely out of the box. After breaking them in I think that they're too big through the calf in part because of the stretchy part of the boot.
    Flying F Sport Horses
    Horses in the NW

  12. #12
    Join Date
    May. 5, 2011


    I absolutely love my Dublin's. I abuse mine. Driving in them, foxhunting, chores, etc. have had them for two years now (and I bought them used on eBay) and they still clean up nicely enough that I wear them for our formal hunts.

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