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Manufacturer: Tredstep (View all products by TredStep)

Model: Donetello (View all Donatello reviews)

Category: English Show Apparel

Purchase: I traveled to Smartpak store in Wellesley Mass. to buy/try boots. The people who helped me were extremely friendly and accommodating. I'm a hard leg to fit(wide and kind of tall) and I tried on about every boot in the store. In the end financially and fit wise the Donatellos were the best choice. The Donatellos cost $290. I purchased them a few weeks ago.

Likes: The Donatellos are made of quality leather that is soft and breaks in extremely easily and well. As they advertise they have the features of boots twice their price. They have an embellished swagger tab(not necessary but a great touch), great leather, a gusset, a tapered ankle,rear stretch panel, and what seems to be a sturdy zipper. It is high enough so it won't drop too low.

Dislikes: My biggest problem with these boots is a problem probably applicable to only some people. I bought the full which fits everywhere but the top. The top bulges out. Luckily I will be able to have them taken in because of the panel. This is not a a problem specific to the Donatellos, when I tried Ariats and Mountain Horses they had the same problem.

Quality: These boots are worth twice every penny. I would recommend them above Ariat, as Ariat's construction is not as good or sturdy and the leather is not as impressive. The fit is great(other than the problem at the top I have) and breaks in nicely. Every detail is accounted for and the whole boot is well thought through.

Summary: I would say: GET THESE BOOTS. But as with any tall boot, try them first because everyone is built differently.

Rating: 4

Author: Serena Thorn

Date: 2012-10-02

Usefulness Rating: 3 out of 5.
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