It was time to make a decision. Duct tape or new boots.
Did you know duct tape is not particularly effective on boots?
After getting 5 pounds of sand and rock in my socks, I decided to bite the bullet and buy new boots.
I was reluctant to get western boots. Nothing I could find was under $100 that looked like it would last more than a year. And given the new saddle in my life, I wanted to keep the price low.
But I also don't like work boots or lace ups. I wanted something that didn't feel like a ton of bricks on my feet. Given my last clinic experience, I wanted waterproof too.
So these seemed like a good option. Ariat Ladies Heritage Sport zip Paddock Boot (I found them here at Equestrian Collection, where I got my riding pants - which I absolutely LOVE).
I've been breaking them in, but we went on a beautiful trail ride Sunday (more on that in a different post) and I have to say, I never noticed my boots! They were that comfortable! The tread on the bottom is perfect for my new endurance stirrups.
I also bought some half chaps, but the snap broke and I'll be sending them back. But I'm not sure I need them. Between my riding pants (which don't have knee patches or anything) and these boots, I didn't feel the need for protection on my calves. Plus my Irideon pants, (these in a grey/ blue) with their seam placed to avoid rubbing, the wicking quality of the fabric, and how well they breathe in the heat, they are a great option. They fit a little loose for a medium, though. Better loose than tight, that's for sure.
Speaking of tight fits, I've been hesitant to get riding tights, particularly since I don't think they'd be very flattering. I'm more of a yoga pant girl, tight on the butt, loose on the lower leg. If I get some, they will be these.
But I'll need to sell a few essays first. :)
What do you ride in?