Model: Premium Leather Field Boot
Category: English Chaps/Boots/Helmets
Purchase: I needed a new set of field boots as my old ones were falling apart, literally. In a recent sale flyer I noticed that Apple Saddlery in Ottawa, Ontario had these on sale for approximately $150 Cdn (without taxes or shipping). Regularly they're listed at $350. I didn't even know that Equicomfort offered a field boot without zippers since the zippered version is so popular. I hadn't seen any of these in local tack stores so I relied on the saleslady over the phone for sizing information.
Likes: Not to sound spoiled, but I will never go back to cheap leather boots! I used to have Cavaliers. The calf was unlined making getting the boots on and off a pain in the rear. The sole was thin and I could feel everything (including pebbles) through them. There was no steel shank, thus no support through my foot. The back seam split and it wasn't worth the price of getting them repaired. I only got the Equicomforts because they were on sale, otherwise I really couldn't afford $400 boots! The calf is fully lined.. I love not having to fight to get these boots on and off. I still use boot pulls to put them on, but it's hardly necessary. There's a steel shank for extra support and I like the stability it offers through the foot bed. It feels a lot better in the irons, too. The boots have a spanish-cut topline which makes my short(ish) legs look long and elegant, like all the riders I admire! The outside of the boot is premium french leather, too. There's also an anti-skid rubber tread on the front part of the sole, which offers exceptional grip in the irons.
Dislikes: It's not so much a dislike, per say, but I'm not sure how to take care of the leather sole. The sole is leather with a rubber anti-skid piece at the ball of your foot and toe, but the mid-section of the sole (hope I'm describing this so it makes sense!) is bare leather. I put a very light coat of oil on it, to help waterproof the leather and keep moisture out because I don't want it to get damaged. But I don't know if there's anything else I should do. These boots are absolutely gorgeous and I don't want to ruin them. Some people might not like that these boots don't have a punched toe, but it doesn't bother me at all. I guess it's just a personal preference.
Quality: Apple describes these boots as 'Premium quality french leather. Leather sole stitched with anti-skid rubber fore part. Leather lining, steel shank, elastic lace with extra set of waxy laces'. These boots are awesome quality and I completely understand why they're worth $400!
Summary: I am so happy with these boots. I've worn them for a few rides so far and can't believe how comfortable they feel. The break-down process isn't all that bad either. I see that the boots are still on sale and if I could afford to, I'd hoard another pair in the closet for later! Thankfully, I don't have that kind of money saved up in my piggy bank. A completely awesome pair of boots though. If I ever need another pair of field boots, I will start saving my pennies to get these ones again. Thank-you, Equicomfort, thank-you.
Author: Katie W
Usefulness Rating: 2.25 out of 5.
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