Manufacturer: Ariat (View all products by Ariat)
Model: Champion Field Boots (View all Champion Field Boots reviews)
Category: English Chaps/Boots/Helmets
Purchase: I got these boots on sale from a small local tack shop several years ago for about $150. I think they retail for about twice that much though, or at least they did at the time. I purchased them to be show boots.
Likes: The leather quality is amazing! These boots where made when Ariat still had their boots make in Italy (now they are so-called "Italian leather" assembled in China, and I don't know how that affects the quality), and even after many show seasons the leather looked brand new. It wasn't prone to scratching or scuffing, as I've heard their more recent Challenge model is. The cut is very classic and attractive, and the soles are grippy (I hate slippery soles that slip right out of your stirrups!) and extremely durable.
Dislikes: Even after several years, I didn't like the way the boots were broken in. I was told to buy them tight so they would mold themselves to my legs, but they NEVER actually stretched and were always uncomfortably tight in the calves, so much so that my feet would go numb despite the fact I wore them quite a bit. Also, although the ankles dropped nicely, they always still wore sore patches on the back of my ankles (you riders know what I mean!). Ultimately, after several years of excruciating pain, I decided to sell them.
Quality: EXCELLENT quality! I can't stress this enough; there were by far the best made boots I've ever encountered. When I sold them, after many many show seasons wearing them, they looked just like I had taken them out of the box yesterday, except nicely dropped in the ankle. Plus, Ariat put all the bells and whistles in the boot. I can find to fault in the quality, except that the leather never stretched to fit my calf.
Summary: I would recommend these boots to anyone and everyone who can afford them. They are top shelf quality, and they look phenomenal (Spanish tops, swagger tabs, punched toe, etc). However, if you buy a pair, make sure they fit you *OFF THE SHELF*, as they may not stretch. Had the boots fit me, I think they'd have lasted forever. On a side note, I sold them for $150 (what I paid for them!) after having worn them for several years, and I think I could have gotten more.
Author: Christina K
Usefulness Rating: 2.53333 out of 5.
15 reader(s) voted.
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