The Mountain Horse Ladies Firenze Dress Boot.
This boot is an elegant dress boot with classic features made in supple full grain leather. The look, feel and comfort is top quality and the price is just as attractive.
Looking for Something New?
While the English disciplines do tend to be rather traditional and conservative, as they say, "times they are a'changin!" There are several recent trends in boots that would indicate the directions we are headed:
As equestrian endeavors have been increasingly recognized for what they are, serious sport, a new category of riding boots has been emerging. These boots are taking into account all the advances in materials and technology and applying them to equestrian boots. Using innovations from running shoes, ski boots, and other athletic apparel, these boots break the mold of traditional riding boots and function begins to follow form! Look at the Ariat Volant, or the Veredus Guarnieri to see what the future of the riding boot looks like!
“Country” and Cross-over Boots:
The industry has figured out that English riders don't just go to horse shows! We trail ride, clean stall, and even head to the grocery store occasionally. Some of the newest riding boots are designed to be just as stylish downtown as they are in the saddle. Check out the Ovation Ladies Duncan County Boots, the Dublin Tempt Boot, or the Dublin Ladies Zenith Boots. Let's face it, Western riders have been wearing their boots for fashion for years! Why shouldn't we?
Winter Boots and Rain Boots:
Some of the most exciting innovations in riding boots are coming in the rain, muck and winter boots. Rain and muck boots aren't plain old Wellington boots any more! däv has an entire line of exciting fashion rain boots. For winter boots, Mountain Horse has been at the leading edge for years, and now other designers are creating their own really stylish winter riding boots. While most of the new winter boots are not quite yet available, they are coming soon. You're gonna love them!
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Boots, Boots, Boots - How do I know which boots to choose?
Written by: Equestrian Collections
As equestrians, riding boots are one of our most key pieces of equipment. They have both a functional and style component. Functionally, boots keep us safe and comfortable both on in the saddle and on the ground. Heels keep our feet from slipping through stirrups; shanks give us foot stability when we only have a small portion of our foot supported by stirrup treads; snug laces give us ankle support, and leather calves (whether from tall boots or chaps) keep us from getting rubs from stirrup leathers.
From a fashion or style perspective, boots can be a signpost for what discipline we ride, and even our personal fashion sense. Think riding boots are all tradition? Wrong! While they are based in years and years of traditional equestrian attire, you can now flaunt a bit of personal style in your selection of boots.
Choose the Kind of Boot you Need...
There are, roughly speaking, three general types of English equestrian boots: Paddock Boots, Dress Boots and Field Boots.
1.) Paddock Boots:
Paddock Boots are short equestrian boots, originally named for wearing around the “paddock” rather than in the dressage court or hunt field. In recent years, these easy wearing boots that come just above the ankle have become the daily boot of choice for many English equestrians. Available in lace, zipper, and pull on versions, these boots function like a tall boot when combined with chaps or half chaps.
Once, paddock boots were strictly schooling boots, never to worn in the show ring, or even to lessons, or clinics. Increasingly, however, the quality of paddock boots and half chaps has increased. It is now very possible to get a high quality paddock/half chap combination that looks virtually indistinguishable from a tall boot in the show ring.
2.) Dress and Dressage Boots:
Dress Boots are what many people think of when they imagine traditional English tall boots. The are generally black, come up to just at the knee, and have a slightly higher outer top than inner top (this is referred to as a "Spanish Top.") Years ago, Dress Boots tended to be the same height all around. The Spanish Top has become the norm to the point that a boot without it would appear quite old fashioned to most people.
Dressage Boots are a form of Dress Boot. Unlike the straight up and down construction of a Dress Boot, a Dressage boot is designed to angle forward slightly at the ankle. This stiffening nearly eliminates the amount of “drop” the boot will have at the ankle. This all facilitates the longer leg position, and more formal form we see in Dressage.
3.) Field Boots:
Field Boots look much like a Dress Boot, but with one significant difference. A Field Boot has a laced ankle built into the front of the boot. This enables the rider to adjust the ankle fit, and also makes the boot more flexible in the ankle area. This allows for the shorter stirrup, and more flexed ankle position that is required when jumping fences. Not surprisingly, Field Boots are the preferred boots for most riders who jump. Additionally, Field Boots traditionally have a "toe cap," a decorative seam across the front of the foot.
Tips for the Rider...
About Full Seat Breeches
Choosing an Equestrian Sports Bra
Getting Started: Equipment for Beginners
Riding Helmets & Safety Equipment
Tips for Choosing a Winter Jacket
Choosing Schooling Breeches
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