True story – I get minorly depressed whenever I think too long about tall boots. Why? Mainly because there are only 1-3 boots that will fit my calf at this moment. One brand I won’t touch with a ten foot pole, and the other few options just aren’t up to the quality level that I want.
Half chaps? I can buy Ariat half chaps all day long and they fit great. Tall boots? Forget it.
I lust after brown tall boots, but in reality I’m .5″-1″ away from getting them. That might not seem like a lot, but when you’re a bigger person who also rides (you know, that thing that requires calf muscles) it can feel impossible.
Currently, I have a pair of tall boots that fit my calf width great but are too short. They’ve been deemed perfectly acceptable for showing by my trainer and hunter/jumper friends I trust, but honestly I’ve never loved them. The height bothers me and the style is just not at all what is popular today in the hunter/jumper ring. My leg also slips a lot with them, and they don’t give me the close contact feel that I enjoy with half chaps.
The way I see it, I have three options… besides pouting.
1) Embrace half chaps and just say F it, and show in some nicer half chaps/paddock boots since I’m showing jumpers.
2) Go custom.
3) Continue with what I have and hope that a new boot comes out or I magically slim down.
I don’t love any of these options. Well, custom boots would be great but I just have a really hard time justifying $1,000+ on tall boots. Call me crazy.
What would you do? Help!