Model: Finalist Pro Field Boot
Category: English Chaps/Boots/Helmets
Purchase: I ordered these boots from a Dover Catalog in November 2006. I paid $139.80. I needed a pair of quality tall boots for the upcoming summer's show season as well as for my college equestrian team meets in the fall. I wanted a pair of quality boots that would last but that would also look good in the ring. I also liked the price. They were not expensive and the zipper feature was a added plus.
Likes: I have been very pleased with these boots. They fit exceptionally right from day one. I followed the instructions from the catalog on sizing and these fit wonderfully. They look like custom boots for a fraction of the price. They were very comfortable and even before they were broken in there was no discomfort or even a threat of blistering. Now that they are breaking in I have become even more pleased. The break in process has been very quick and they have broken in wonderfully and in all the places it should. The people where I train as a hunter/jumper love the boots and commented how good of products Ovation makes.
Dislikes: I have no significant dislikes for this product. The only thing that I can think of is that it takes a few tries to get the spurs to lay correctly on the rests so that they don't rub your ankles. But after a few readjustments things now work wonderfully. And something that doesn't bother me but I should probably point out is the fact that the "laces" are not true laces but rather a stretchy material for looks. To me it does not effect anything and I would rather not have to worry about the shoe coming untied but this may matter to some.
Quality: Everything seems to be put together wonderfully. The zipper is sturdy and strong, the leather is a very good quality that even when run into the corner of a jump standard (oops!) has *no* scratching or indentation. The leather is also super easy to clean and polishes wonderfully. Everything seems well made, the stitching is tight and everything in general is a very high quality.
Summary: I would recommend this boot to anyone looking for a quality show boot. It has great quality for a great price. As I said before on me it looks like a custom boot and fits great and feel wonderful. I have been very pleased and expect it to last me many show seasons. *One tip: With these boots I also purchased a product called "The Futi". It is a cover that slips over the toe of the boot and has its own tread. It works to keep the toe of your boots clean, dry, and scratch free. I often ride in snow and mud and these work wonderfully to keep the toe clean and also save the tread on the boot for the show ring. They are so discrete that you could even where them in the show ring on a muddy day. If you are planning on investing in any tall boot, I would recommend these. For $20 they are a wonderful precaution to the scratches and scrapes of working around horses.
Usefulness Rating: 2.875 out of 5.
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