Long riding boots can be a considerable investment and as you’ll discover, there are now plenty to choose from. Hopefully, this post will help you to find a pair that will make your riding as comfortable as possible and fit your budget.
Rubber Riding Boots
Years ago the only riding boots available in a suitable price range for the young or novice rider were long rubber riding boots. Although these are still popular with many riders, they can be hot in summer, sometimes too long in the leg for smaller riders and can make keeping your heels in the correct position difficult as it’s not very easy to flex your ankle in them.
The advantages of rubber riding boots though are that they’re inexpensive, tough and waterproof so will keep your feet dry in wet weather. This makes them a good all-round boot for yard and riding wear.
Leather Riding Boots
In many riders’ opinion, the best form of footwear for riding are long leather riding boots. These allow flexion of the ankles while still providing support to the whole foot and lower leg. They can last a lifetime if cared for correctly and are suitable for every riding activity you may wish to partake in.
Although some leather boots are expensive there are many more economic versions available which will fit a more modest budget. It may sound impossible but leather riding boots can actually help to improve your riding! Wearing boots that actually allow your ankle to move freely will mean you can keep your heels down, which in turn keeps your lower leg more still. This helps to establish the rider in a more correct and so secure position. Once a rider’s position is secure, control of the horse is much easier - a positive outcome for both horse and rider.
These are traditional style, plain boots. They can be worn for show jumping, although they’re usually worn for dressage. Many modern dress style boots have higher, rounded tops on the outside which give a more elegant appearance.
Requisite Softy Leather Boots £88.99