Manufacturer: Ariat (View all products by Ariat)
Model: Cobalt Western Ropers (View all Cobalt Western Ropers reviews)
Category: Western Chaps/Boots/Hats
Purchase: I have two pair I paid $120 for the first pair through a employee discount for a western wear company for which I worked. The second pair my mother purchased for me through Smith Brothers for $99 on clearance. She originally paid $199 and upon receiving them the catalog on the box had them advertised as $99 on clearance, mom called and made a small complaint and they ACTUALLY REFUNDED HER MONEY! That's a good spill for Smith Brothers! ;)
Likes: The first pair I bought 6 years ago. I wore them for three years and retired them because the leather was cracking around the ball of my foot because of constant exposure to mud, urine, and manure, and my lack of care. They hadn't broke through, but I figured they were on the verge, but to date, they still haven't. I have had three pairs of boots of other brands since then, wore them each out in a year and went right back to my old Cobalts. They say they are for the serious horse professional and they truly are. I wear them to barrel race (less lost stirrups), rope, break colts, give lessons, and train on foot. With my new pair, I also work as a FARRIER and I stand on them ALL day and just LOVE them (prob not as safe as steel toes, but more comfortable). I've wore them as a vet tech on my feet all day on cement and NOTHING was more comfortable, I forget I even have them on. AND NO THE RUBBER SOLE WON'T HANG YOU IN A STIRRUP! I've had three horses fall on me with these boots on and all times the off foot easily came out on its own, and the near foot I just flipped over on my belly and it came out too.
Dislikes: Nothing. The only thing I could even think about is the air pocket hole on the heel collects mud and manure. It has NEVER been a slippage issue, it just sticks in there and goes everywhere with you, lol. So clean them out before you walk on mom's white carpet ;) and its not hard to clean, a stick will do the trick.
Quality: Very good construction. The leather is supple and durable, the average person will get three years out of them wearing them constantly. I used to work at that western wear store and the only complaint I heard was the "leather wears out before the sole" but the person had them three years before the leather wore out!!!! LOL I also wear my spurs very tight and mar the leather when they go on and off, but its never hurt the longevity of the boot. They never rip, tear, or shed sole.
Summary: Bottom line is they are comfortable, durable and well worth any amount you may have to spend. They might be about $199 regular, but if you get three years out of them and love them, why would you pay $100 for three pairs of a cheaper brand that together would only last you the same three years? When your on your feet all the time, this is one place being cheap won't pay.
Author: Friend of the Thrifty Equestrian
Usefulness Rating: 2.625 out of 5.
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