If you are a sports lover, you probably would have watched an equestrian competition or two on TV via major sporting events like the Olympics. Men and women are dressed smartly in black coats and breeches with white shirts underneath and shiny boots on their feet, as they negotiate their horses through hurdles and other obstacles on a course.
Equestrian riding boots, however, are not only for show. Not only do they help to protect the inner legs from chafing friction with the horse’s hide, they also ensure that the rider has a better seating or grip on the horse between his or her legs while jumping hurdles.
While equestrian boots come in short ankle length and tall sizes, it is best to buy tall boots as these are commonly used during competitions. Get pairs that are ideal for certain events. For dress performances, stiff boots are the best. Ideal boots for jumping events are those with laces at the ankles.
When fitting for boots, make sure that you wear the breeches and tall socks that you will be using together with the boots. Always try out both boots and walk around in the store to ensure a perfect, comfortable fit.
Although there are online retailers of equestrian riding boots, it is still best to buy boots from your local shoe store. Aside from being assured of the fit, you can easily return the boots if there are any defects.