Manufacturer: Dehner (View all products by Dehner)
Model: Custom dress boots (View all Custom dress boots reviews)
Category: English Chaps/Boots/Helmets
Purchase: Ordered direct from Dehner by mail, approximately $900 in 2015.
Likes: The most important feature in a pair of tall boots was for the toebox to be wide enough. All the off the rack boots I tried on kept trying to force my big toe inward. These boots allow my toes to spread and they never get numb. I purchased my boots in the old school pull-on style (no zippers or laces.) While the break-in period was a little painful, they fit perfectly now and I love being able to wade through the paddock mud without it going down my laces into my socks or without it clogging the teeth of a zipper. I bought the Voyager leather and it is very sturdy but still takes a shine. I asked them to leave room so that I could but in my own insoles and I like being able to add cork insoles for cushioning.
Dislikes: I wish they used more of a square toed last. In order to fit the width of my foot in a round toe, they basically went up a size. My foot doesn't use the empty space in the toe point and it makes the shoe look even bigger.
Quality: The leather and leather lining are first class- thick but supple, a thousand times better than anything I saw at my local tack shop. I have had the boots almost a year and I think they could easily last 20 if I care for them properly.
Summary: If you had asked me about the boots right after I got them (like when I first put them on and couldn't pull them back off) I would have given a negative review. Now I can't imagine haven't bought anything else. I have seen other barn mates' boots and while they are often prettier, I take one look at their pointy toes and delicate leather and am happy I bought Dehners instead. A few other random comments about the ordering process: I have found that my legs swell significantly more than I thought in the summer compared to the winter, if I ordered again I would take this more seriously in the measurement process (I measured in winter). I wished the Dehner website had more pictures of their products. Because their main clients seem to be old lady equestriennes, police and military, and gay biker dudes, web searching for images to see how the leather and styles would look gave me unexpected results. The website says to have someone else measure. With all due respect, this is silly. As someone who sews, it is a simple matter to measure the ball of your foot by yourself. It's not like trying to self measure the distance between your shoulder blades. If you don't live near a retailer for Dehner, measuring yourself isn't impossible.
Author: old school anon
Usefulness Rating: 3.3 out of 5.
10 reader(s) voted.
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