About Riding Boots:
Once used only when riding horses, riding boots have come a long way and are now also worn by people who have never ridden a horse. These stunning pieces of footwear can be worn for both casual and dressy occasions and will complement both a dress and jeans. Before you decide which riding boot is for you, consider the material the boot is made from and its style.
Leather Riding Boots
Leather is the most commonly used material to construct riding boots and provides many advantages over other materials. Leather is generally considered the most prestigious choice for riding boots and has natural qualities that make it the ideal boot material when horse riding. The leather moulds to your leg, creating a one of a kind form that you cannot get from rubber or synthetic boots. Furthermore, leather is naturally waterproof and hardwearing, and — if cared for properly with leather oil — will last for many years. Unfortunately, leather can dull with use and age, so riding boots will require polishing with a high quality wax to keep them shiny and radiant, while preserving the footwear and preventing scuffs.
Rubber Riding Boots
Rubber riding boots are an alternative to expensive leather boots and are ideal for consumers on a budget. The main benefit of rubber riding boots over leather is the material's weatherproof and waterproof qualities. Rubber doesn't crack, leak or rot due to exposure to the elements. They are also easy to maintain and can be cleaned with plain water. Unfortunately, rubber riding boots are not breathable and can be uncomfortable during the hot summer months. Furthermore, rubber can easily scuff and dull with time.
Long Riding Boots
Sometimes referred to as "tall", long riding boots are typically the standard type used for equestrian competition. Each type of long boot has several similarities in their lengths but vary in their styling. The three varieties include:
Field Boot – This long riding boot has lacing at its ankle. This lacing adds an extra element of style while allowing a bit of "give".
Dress Boot – Unlike field boots, dress boots don't have lacing and are the preferred choice for show jumpers and dressage riders alike. Most dress boots feature a high styling on the exterior, which helps keep the boot securely in place while still being aesthetically pleasing.
Hunt Boot – The hunt boot is similar to the dress boot but features a cuff at the top that is typically tan or brown in color.
No matter which style and type of riding boot you choose, make sure it fits properly and is comfortable to wear. You don't want to be stuck with footwear that causes blisters on your feet and pain in your lower back.