How to tell if your tall boots fit properly

How to tell if your tall boots fit properly


JEN: Hey there, I’m Jen and I manage SmartPak’s
Retail Store, located in Natick, MA. Every day, we help customers find just the right
tall boots for a variety of disciplines, and today, I’ll be showing you what to look
for in tall boot fit to make sure that you look spectacular in the ring. The first step is making sure that your foot
feels comfortable in the boot. Your toe should not be touching the front, and your heel should
rest comfortably in the back without lifting. Foot width can be tough in tall boots, as
they are generally very narrow. If the boot feels a bit snug across the widest part of
the foot, you can sometimes use a few squirts of Boot Stretch to help the leather relax
and stretch a bit across the top of the foot. The next most important area to evaluate is
the height. Tall boots should be tall. The goal is to have an elongated, elegant lower
leg, especially in the equitation ring. Most tall boots have a Spanish cut on the outside
of the boot, which means that the leather is cut higher, covering more of the knee and
making the leg look even longer. Brand new, the boot will come up to the bend
in the knee on the inside of the boot, and there may be a slight wrinkle to the leather
just behind the knee. This should go away as the boot breaks in and drops. Most boots
will wrinkle at the ankle and drop approximately 1-2 inches in height, so you’ll need to
ensure that they are tall enough to start with, so that the boots will still be at a
good height after they break in. Width is also key. Boots should be snug around
the ankle and the calf, with the exception of dressage boots, which have more of a stovepipe
leg cut and will be straighter from calf to ankle. Proper fit isn’t just about fashion. A boot
that’s too short won’t show off the rider’s leg to the best advantage, and it also could
catch on the bottom flap of the saddle, which could be dangerous. If the boot is too tall, it won’t wrinkle
and drop enough to alleviate the discomfort behind the knee, and it will cause excessive
wrinkling around the knee. Of the two, having a good fit around the calf and ankle is more
important in helping you ride as effectively as possible. Let’s walk through a few examples of proper
and improper fit in tall boots. As you can see in this example, the boot is
too short and wide through the calf. It shifts around excessively and will hinder the rider
in achieving effective leg position. This boot, on the other hand, fits beautifully
for a brand new boot. The height looks too tall right now, but the leather will soften
and wrinkle around the ankle, dropping the height by 1-2 inches. If the boot is uncomfortable
to ride in initially due to the height, you can insert a heel lift. This wedge lifts your
foot in the boot, allowing the height to be less of an issue until the boot drops enough
for comfort behind the knee. The calf and ankle have a snug, tailored look to them.
Thanks to the increased popularity of zippers and elastic panels, most everyone can find
a near-custom fit in tall boots. I hope these examples have helped you assess
boot fit. If you find you need to replace your tall boots or are in the market for your
first pair, give our Customer Care team a call and we can help you find the right boots
for your discipline and your wallet. And don’t forget, SmartPak offers free shipping
both ways, so you can order your tall boots risk-free! Thanks so much for watching, and
have a great ride!

11 thoughts on “How to tell if your tall boots fit properly

  1. I guess I'll just have to wait to see you there… have a nice ride to you too! oh, and thanks for answering

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  3. I am a begginer rider but I think that after 20+ riding lessons it's time to finally get my riding boots!
    This video was really helpful…I wouldn't want to pay 170€ for a "wrong" pair!!!

  4. My issue is, I just measured myself for a tall boot (Future purchase) and My calf is 14 inches, and height from floor to knee crease is 13… I'm short so I think I'd have to get custom boots, and I don't think I'll have $300 to shell out for customs. I've always loved the look of field boots and have wanted a pair of my own for several years. (Almost twenty since I started riding). Any suggestions on how to find a boot that will fit me and not be terribly tall in the shaft?

  5. I am a new rider with a question. I recently got a pair of custom made dressage boots but the ankles, calves and boot openings are over 2 inches larger than my leg measurements. The sales rep said that is to allow room for the breeches / pants to tuck in but 2 inches seems excessive. What is an acceptable margin of sizing up from the leg measurements for a laceless, no zip dressage boot ? I would guess no more than 1/2 an inch. Anyone able to answer this? Thanks in advance!

  6. This is really helpful. My boots are too tall, but I now I know not to shorten them too much. I have long, narrow feet, but bigger sizes tend to also come with higher boots.

  7. TYSM! Just bought some talk boots ( My first pair ever! 😆) and I was afraid they’d be WAY to tall but now I know that they will stretch! SO EXCITED!

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