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Tuff Rider
Slide Zip Dress boots
English Chaps/Boots/Helmets

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Manufacturer: Tuff Rider (View all products by Tuff Rider)

Model: Slide Zip Dress boots (View all Slide Zip Dress boots reviews)

Category: English Chaps/Boots/Helmets

Purchase: I purchased these boots from for about $140 on sale from regular price of about $250. I wanted a pair of zippered dress boots for dressage that would be fairly inexpensive but hopefully fully calfskin lined. The slide zip boots looked nice and trim through the ankle in the photos, and on sale they looked too good to pass up.

Likes: The price was good and cheap. They do not come in different shaft heights, but the standard is tall enough for those of us with very long legs (good for me, probably not good for those of shorter stature). They are stiff and barely drop (great for dressage), but the leather provides good grip with the saddle after minimal break-in.

Dislikes: The toe box is pretty narrow, and I have narrow feet to begin with. The toe is tapered and squared which has a nice and very formal look, but for comfort I would prefer the toe to be rounded a bit more thoughtfully as not to create pink points. The zipper on the slide boots starts at the inside of the foot and curves around the ankle to go up the back of the calf. This is pretty awkward. The trim ankle in this boot ends up looking a bit odd and misshapen in real life because of the curve the zipper has to take around the ankle. Kind of a bummer. The zipper itself is not of the greatest quality. It has always been sticky and tricky since the day I bought these boots. Unlike my Ariat boots, I feel like I have to zip them up ever so gingerly as not to break the zipper. The boots are fully calfskin lined, which is what I wanted... but the calfskin is thicker than what is indicative of quality boots and it's a really ugly orange color that screams of hides of South American origin. Not my favorite. I wear these for showing only, which in dressage requires that I wear them for my appointment time and then I get to take them off. If I had to wear them for a hunter/jumper show where you spend the entire day in your boots, I would not wear them but would throw them away. They aren't the least bit comfortable to walk around in, though they aren't too bad in the saddle, provided you are riding with a nice long leg. They DO keep you from cheating on that!

Quality: The quality is marginal. It is what I would expect for what I paid, but had I paid retail price I would be pretty disappointed. The material of the sole is pretty slick, hard, and cheap. The leather throughout is pretty cheap. The zipper isn't the greatest. This boot came with an incredibly cheap insole that might as well be thrown out.

Summary: I wish that I had saved my money and bought a pair of Ariat dress boots instead.

Rating: 2

Author: theLtrain

Date: 0000-00-00

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