Model: Lacer Boots and Casual Shoes
Category: Western Chaps/Boots/Hats
Purchase: My first pair of Ariat boots were purchased by money order through a western catalog. I paid $149. A few years later, I purchased a pair of casual shoes from a western store in a local mall and paid $79 for them (I don't even remember having to lie to my husband about the price of the second pair)!
Likes: When I got my first Ariats, I wore them everywhere I went. They were perfect for the horse expos, shopping, state fairs, and rodeos. I wore them every Friday to work and am not afraid to admit I even wore them to church (after cleaning them up a little). It was hard to believe how incredibly comfortable they were! They also were very sharp-looking, especially with blue jeans and colored jeans. The boots were tan lace-ups with an oak shoulder and a gel-cushioned footbed. I especially loved to wear them for riding and my feet were NEVER sore or tired. After my youngest daughter grew into them and stole them a few times, I noticed they were starting to smell. I passed them down to her and she wore them to the point of no return (to me). Then I decided I deserved another pair and bought a pair of Ariat casual shoes for work. They are also very comfortable and sharp-looking, with the balance and quality of the boots only instead of lacing, they slip on and buckle on the side. There are textured touches of leather insets on the strap and back of the ankle, and they go with almost everything I wear. I have a pair of roper boots that I bought once, but I always go back to wearing these shoes for riding, because the heel is perfect (even has a nice spur ridge) and they don't catch on my saddle fender like the top of the boots do. The boots are not nearly as comfortable, so I just use them for walking in the mud now, mostly. At my job, I work in an office setting every day. From riding and such, my Ariats are looking a little too casual for "casual Fridays" and it's time to find a new pair. I'm thinking the Del Mar slip-on would be perfect so it's on my Christmas list!
Dislikes: It's hard to find things wrong with this brand that I've tried so far. The quality and comfort of Ariat ATS technology in the soles is hard to beat. I was a little surprised at the price of the boots at first, but it didn't take long to realize they were SO worth it. In a 50-mile surrounding area, there are only 2 places to get Ariat shoes and boots. The Tractor Supply Company and RCC Western Wear are the only stores that carry the brand, with not many styles to choose from. We have western clothing catalogs that carry them and they can be found online if you know your exact size.
Quality: One of my favorite things about my boots and shoes is that they are safe on wet and slippery surfaces. This also helps keep your foot from slipping in the stirrup, along with the perfect size and shape heel. The genuine leather and style make me daydream about running away from work to go load my horse in the trailer and ride the rest of the day on the trails. They actually make you feel more balanced and confident when you walk because of stability in the construction. I don't believe there is a better boot or shoe in my price range.
Summary: I've only had two pairs of Ariats so far, but am constantly watching the new styles in their lines of shoes and boots. When finding a style there is usually an explanation about the cushioning, fit, and stability. Some of the features on many styles are; full grain uppers, moisture-wicking lining, ATS cushioned gel footbed, and Duratread outsole. The Ariat brand means quality to me. The boots and shoes are definitely worth checking out and there seems to be a style for everyone!
Author: Sandi B. , MN
Usefulness Rating: 2.85714 out of 5.
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