Model: Heritage Paddock Boot
Category: English Chaps/Boots/Helmets
Purchase: I bought these boots for myself as a Christmas present at the Tack Room in Camden, South Carolina for 99$; I believe that was the wholesale price.
Likes: I work at a large barn, having a few horses of my own. The barn's owner and my boss recommended them to me as she had the slightly varying 'western' version of the boot, and had been wearing them for 5 years, no problems. The boot is VERY comfortable and easy to slide on, and the leather...for the most part, is durable. I own a pair of ariat half chaps as well, and would use the pair together to fetch horses, clean, and ride my own equines when I didn't feel like hauling on the tall boots and breeches. The leather was also easy to clean off with some cleaner, and shined up nice.
Dislikes: The sole of the boot quickly began to peel away from the leather on either side of my toes, which is REALLY inconvinient to have water squish into your shoes when you go to fetch your horse--doesn't set you up for a very good day! Although I have really put them to the test with water, mud, and hard wear, I keep them inside and they are reguarly cleaned, and especially with the brand being Ariat it makes no sense why they've cracked up this easily (I've had them for a year or two, but the cracks have been in for a while.)
Quality: The leather everywhere else, except for what is attatched to the sole, seems to be nice. The toe is thick (great for getting stepped on!) and the bottom of the sole has stayed sturdy (resisted punctures). The shoelaces frayed just months after buying the shoes...apart from the holes in the sides of the boot, I'd give hte rest of the shoe 'decent' construction I guess.
Summary: I was pretty dissapointed to see that these boots wore so easily, especially since I did keep them oiled. I nevertheless continue to wear them for dry stall cleaning and excercising/riding horses. If you only take lessons and dont rigorously work at a barn as your daily employment, these boots might be good for you. But if you're out there every day, working hard, perhaps invest in something nicer.
Author: Hannah Bauchat
Usefulness Rating: 2.5 out of 5.
6 reader(s) voted.
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