Combining style with functionality, riding boots are an essential piece of equestrian dress and complete the necessary kit of any horse rider whether you compete, or simply enjoy heading out on a hack.
Whether you’re new to horse riding, or an experienced rider looking for more information on the different styles of women’s riding boots and men’s riding boots stocked here at Country & Stable, we can offer you everything you need to know with our comprehensive guide.
What are riding boots?
A good pair of riding boots offers a correct leg position, safety and comfort and are usually made from durable materials such as rubber or leather. They also give lower leg protection whilst preventing any irritation when the rider’s leg is rubbed up against the horse and saddle. The low heel on riding boots offers the rider support when their leg is fitted into the stirrup, and a steel toe cap offers further protection for the toes.
Choosing the right riding boots for you is important and there are a number of factors that could influence your decision.
The different types of riding boots…
There are several styles of riding boot and each lend themselves to the different styles of horse riding. Before buying riding boots, ensure that you take an accurate measurement of your calf width and height, especially if you are thinking of buying knee length riding boots. To measure for height, stand with your knee slightly bent and measure your leg from the heel to the back of the knee.
Depending on your chosen style of riding, the type of riding boot available to you may differ. If you are planning on taking part in show-jumping competitions, you will require competition footwear like a field or dress boot. We do recommend checking with the authority overseeing your particular discipline such as ‘The Pony Club’ or ‘British Dressage UK’ as to which type of boots are permitted to ensure you have the correct competition dress.
The traditional style of riding footwear, long boots, include the dress boot and the field boot. Each style can be pulled on and off the foot, or may feature a long zip that runs up the rear of the boot.
Dress boots: – Featuring no lacing, dress boots are a plain style of boot and more often than not worn in horse shows such as dressage competitions and show jumping – black is often considered to be the formal colour. Dress boots sometimes feature a higher cut, called the ‘Spanish cut’, on the outside of the leg, extending up over the outside of the knee.
Featuring elasticated laces, zip guard and rubber spur guard to provide comfort – our Caldene Ladies Casoria Boots are the stylish option for those looking for classic, long leather riding boots.
Field Boots: A classic style of riding boot that features lacing at the front for full flexibility and ease of movement. This design style allows the rider to bend their ankle when taking part in all kinds of riding, including show jumping and competing.
Specially crafted in premium full grain leather, the Ariat Heritage Compass H20Boots are crafted with Waterproof Pro™ to keep your feet dry and are constructed with a 4LR™ four layer footbed for ultimate comfort. A Duratread™ outsole for maximum wear resistance ensures these boots have longevity. These riding boots are a footwear essential that perform in the field or in competitions.
Our Ariat Ladies Bromont Pro Tall H2- Insulated Boot are made from full grain leather which make them extremely hard wearing and durable. The Primaloft® insulation keeps out the cold air, and the elasticated side panel and elastic gusset on the inside knee makes them comfortable and easy to wear.
Designed for yard work and everyday riding, they are often less expensive than long riding boots and are ideal for beginners.
Jodhpur Boots: These are low rise, flexible boots typically worn with jodhpurs and often with half chaps to protect your legs when riding. Sometimes jodhpur boots feature elastic insets to help them slip on and off with ease. They are also recommended for small children just starting out in the world of horse riding.
Available in both children’s and adult’s sizes, the classically designed Toggi Ottowa leather Jodhpur Boots are very comfortable boots designed for women and men. Featuring a breathable full leather upper, and a strong hardwearing Neolite sole, they also have elasticated side gussets for style and ease of wear.
Paddock Boots: Finished with a rubber sole for grip, paddock boots are ideal for rougher terrain such as the stable yard and as with jodhpur boots, require the use of half chaps for horse riding.
Looking for a pair of paddock boots? Whether you’re working in the yard or headed out riding, our Ariat Mens Heritage Zip Paddock Boot features a breathable lining, elastic twin gore and zip to make these boots perfect for taking on and off quickly.
Riding boots for everyday wear…
You may also want to choose a pair of riding boots to wear everyday as they make for a robust and stylish addition to your country-wear wardrobe. Perfect for long walks with the dog or perhaps adding a smart, tailored spin on an otherwise casual look.
The Ariat Ladies Grasmere H20 Boot is a stylish and practical boot that can be worn casually, in the yard or out riding. They’re fully waterproof and crafted with the finest full grain leather, as well as Thinsulate insulation and moisture wicking plaid lining making these boots seriously robust in all weather conditions.
The R.M Williams Mens Stockyard Boots will work as hard as you do. Featuring handcrafted leather, wear these out the yard, or out in town to perfectly finish off your country-wear attire.
Caring for your riding boots…
If you have invested in a new pair of riding boots, it can be an expensive business to ensure you are getting the desired quality. This is why taking care of your riding boots is important to make sure you are getting the most out of them.
Leather riding boots require the most care and need to be cleaned regularly and conditioned using suitable leather products, whereas synthetic riding boots can simply be cleaned with water and mild detergent.
To maintain your riding boots shape, they should always be kept upright in a cool dry place out of direct sunlight and with the use of boot shapers to help the boots keep their natural shape.