Somebody tipped me off to a really good deal on the Reitsport Schockemöhle online tack shop on EGO 7 Orion field boots. Can you even imagine who would do such a thing.
Obviously the ordering worked out okay. Total investment = $340. That includes shipping from Germany, which was prompt (They even refunded me like $8 because I guess the currency exchange rate dropped between placing my order and shipment–I can’t think of why else.). Fortunately, I ordered prior to Election Night
mare, so the American dollar was quite strong against a flagging Euro. Thus far, this is still true and remarkably the U.S. dollar remains steady in light of … things …
The boots came with inflatable boot trees and insoles. The leather is soft and supple. Perhaps not quite the quality of the leather of my DeNiros, but nor does the price compare, at least not what I paid. These are definitely leaps and bounds nicer than my current Ariats, which were $289.
The fit seems very true to the size charts (39 S/1+ for me), if a bit on the slimmer side, and very slender through the ankle. All of this is suitable for me and how I want tall boots to fit. If you prefer a less snug fit, perhaps consider sizing up from your expected calf size if you think EGO 7s are in your future. The boots are unisex! A lot of size combinations are available and because I have wide feet, the unisex nature, and European sizing generally, means my foot is not smushed into the foot of the boot.
The boots are of Italian design, from the same maker as Tucci. However, from Italy these boots are not. “Made in Italy” means paying more, so I appreciate that these boots still seem very well made and are priced appropriately for their quality and country of origin. What I paid was a bit of a steal.
The ankle has a pad between you and the zipper, the zipper is robust–I tested it, indeed–and the inside panel is a unique leather-like material that won’t stain or abrade your saddle. The top snap is elasticized and also has a zipper keeper. The bottom snap panel has the unique spur rests. Both snaps are heavy duty and even a bit difficult to unsnap.
Height, check. No issues there. I expect they will drop a half inch or so. I wrestled with the zipper a bit to get them just over the widest part of my calf but I prefer a very snug fit, and with a slightly elasticized panel up the entire back of the boot, I think these will break in nicely and mold to my calves well. I wound up wearing them around my house for a few hours quite comfortably.
You can see the elasticized panel up the back, and the spur rest situation. I actually like that there is a low one about where I wear my spurs on Eli, so that’s handy. The look may not be for everyone, but I don’t find it obtrusive. I can zip them up almost entirely–I think that will take a few rides to get there more easily.
The tops of the boot might keep these out of the hunter/equitation ring for people, but I have no qualms about wearing these in the jumper ring, and for schooling they are just about perfect as far as I know right now. You can see the inside panel is not quite the same as the leather, but it’s really, really close. I am interested to see how it wears over time.
I hope to ride in these boots today! So far I am not really seeing a down side for me, and I really lucked out finding them at such a reasonable price.