When so many brands of tall boots fit me off the shelf relatively well, I can’t really justify the expense of custom, as much as I would like to. My DeNiro Ottaviano Aurora field boots have a busted zipper AGAIN, and this time I think the whole zipper needs replacing, not just the pull. On top of that, my Ariat brown tall boots are disintegrating faster by the day–the tongue behind the laces is brittle leather scraps at this point, so you can see my socks behind the laces, and the leather at the toe cap is cracking. I am sad about this because their color is gorgeous and the fit is great. The leather simply isn’t holding up, though. The DeNiros, however, have lasted through many, many rides and a few shows since 2012, a good 4 years at least. The Ariats? About a year. Granted, they were not in the same price range nor of the same quality as the DeNiros, but even so I am not buying Ariat again.
I have known I would be in the market for tall boots this year for shows at the very least, so I planned a little for the purchase, and looked at 4 tall boots that fell within my budget range.
Mountain Horse Sovereign Field Boots
I had to get these on my options list. I have heard many good things about them, they come in black and two-toned brown, and retailing around $350 is a huge plus. The size chart makes me think the calf might not work for me, but I didn’t want to rule them out altogether.
Parlanti Miami Essential Field Boots
These tall boots are on this list out of curiosity more than anything else. Retailing at $600, these are at the top end of my price range. Does anyone have any experience with them? I have heard pros and cons about the regular $1000+ Parlantis, and I wonder how these stack up.
Ego 7 Orion Field Boots
I am super interested in these. From the maker of Tucci, this boot has a lot of features that pique my curiosity. Their size chart lines up with my measurements pretty well. They retail in the States at $500. Although, the Euro sucks right now (thanks, Brexit!) and they seem to be listed at 300 Euro, VAT included on the Schockemohle website …
DeNiro Salento Field Boots
I have had my eye on these for years. I can get them in brown, too. They really fall a bit outside of my budget, but I had such great luck with my first pair of DeNiros as far as getting a ton of use out of them that I have to consider these. Honestly, I could just do full zipper replacement on my current DeNiros and keep them for schooling, which I might still do. The leather is still in fabulous condition. However, they have dropped too much for me to show in them anymore, so I still need a show-worthy pair. If I were to get the Salentos, I know now to order a taller height.
Thoughts? Suggestions? What would you buy?