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Dress or Dressage Boots

Discover beautifully made dress boots by Horze Equestrian and B Vertigo. Choose traditional leather dress boots that will make your show ring appearance memorable to the judge! At the same time they will be protecting your leg from being pinched by your leathers and enhance your competitive performance with superior grip and stability in the saddle. For those who want a more economical boot and easier maintenance, Horze Equestrian has a selection of synthetic dress boots. They offer the same elegant look of leather as well as stability and grip for perfect performance and make a great choice for schooling. Both versions are available in women's, men's and kids' sizes. For the dressage ring Horze Equestrian and B Vertigo offer beautiful dressage boots with superior flexion at the ankle and stability and protection for the calf. These boots are sure to shine in the dressage show ring. Find dress boots in women's, men's and kids' sizes.

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Dress or Dressage Boots

Sophisticated and refined, dress boots are considered the most formal of the English tall boots. Like all tall boots, dress boots feature a low heel to prevent the foot from getting caught in the stirrup irons in the event of an accident, and completely cover the rider’s lower leg and foot, providing superior stability while offering protection against saddle rubs and pinches. Contoured through the ankle and calf, dress boots are distinguished from other tall boots by the absence of front laces around the ankles. While the leather of the boot itself can be either stiff or supple, the absence of laces and ankle rigidity helps create the elegant, long legged look that is favored by dressage riders. Leg length is further accentuated through the popular Spanish Top style, which cuts the boot’s top line higher on the outside of the knee than on the inside.

Dress boots are typically worn by dressage riders, eventers and formal fox hunters. As many contemporary dress boots are now using flexible synthetic material through the ankle, allowing riders to achieve a deeper heel without the need for front laces, dress boots are also gaining popularity in hunter/jumper circles. Many modern Dress boots also feature zippers running down the back of the calf from knee to the base of the foot. These zippers make the boots easier to put on and take off, reduce the amount of time they take to break in, enhance the legs overall appearance by reduce wrinkles around the ankles, and help prevent circulation problems especially in older riders.

Dressage Boots, as their name suggests, are designed for the English discipline of dressage. Crafted from stiff, thick leather Dressage boots provide the rider with support and structure through the calf, rather than with mobility through the ankle. As such they feature no ankle laces and a “stove pipe” calf, which supports a flat footed position in the stirrup and creates the appearance of a long, elegant leg while providing maximum contact with horses side and allowing for the use of very subtle leg aids. Many Dressage boots feature inside front zippers to avoid interfering with cues and contact between the side of the horse and the back of the rider’s calf. Traditional pull-on styles are also available. We carry dress and dressage boots designed by Horze Equestrian and B Vertigo.

Measuring and Fit

To measure yourself for Dress or Dressage boots you will need: the breeches and socks you intend to wear while riding in your tall boots, a chair, a cloth measuring tape, and a friend. Once you have found your calf width and height measurements, compare them to the riding boot sizing charts provided by the Horze Equestrian, B Vertigo or Finntack to find the perfect fit.

While wearing the breeches and socks you plan to ride in, sit in a chair with your feet flat on the floor and your knees at a 90 degree angle. Have your friend measure the widest point of your calf. Faithfully record this number. The boots will loosen over time and it is important to measure for a snug, but not painful, initial fit. A tight initial fit makes sure that the boot won’t stretch and sag as it’s broken in. Boots that are too loose can develop folds around the ankles that can be uncomfortable, distracting and unattractive. These folds may also cause the boot to drop to an unacceptably short height. When ordering a boot with zippers, you should look for a calf measurement that is just slightly wider than your own. You should be able to zipper the boot all the way to the knee and fasten the clasp at the top while standing.

Next, have your friend measure your leg from the floor to the back of your knee. The height of your boots is more a matter of personal preference than the width. For moderately stiff Dress Boots it is recommended that 1 ¼ to 1 ½ inches are added to the measured height of your calf, depending in whether you prefer your boots taller or shorter. To achieve the maximum height after break-in, the front of the dress boot should hit just under your knee cap. Initially, the boots will feel too high and will crease at the top as you bend your knees, they will become more comfortable as they drop after the first few rides.