If you’re new to the equestrian scene, you’ll probably be surprised at the array of fashion choices when it comes to riding gear.There’s so much to choose from when you’re starting out – jodhpurs or breeches? Riding hat or helmet? Country boots or wellies?
Here’s a look at the different types of boots for riding to help you out in the footwear department:
High-cut riding boots
Perhaps the most classic form of riding boot, one synonymous with hunters, military and any other form of pageantry rider, the high cut riding boot is usually produced from a suppler leather which fits up to the knee. Often featuring a graceful curved cut at the top, these boots are designed to provide full protection of the lower leg, a function not provided by shorter options.
A quality high cut riding boot may be one of the most expensive equestrian fashion purchases you make, but certainly worth the expenditure. The Ariat Heritage Contour Boots are a fine example. A high cut riding boot may have an elasticated gusset or zip-up design. This form of boot is ideal for jumping, cross-country riding and dressage.
Be aware that some high cut boots come fitting higher than you’d expect, this allows for the natural wear and drop of leather once they’ve been worn a few times.
Ankle jodhpurs boots
A shorter boot designed to be worn with jodhpurs riding trousers, ankle jodphurs are a popular choice for younger riders just starting out or for casual trekking and wear around the stables for horse care and maintenance. Jodphur boots can again have an elasticated or zip design, while those with laces are usually referred to as paddock boots. A nice example of quality ankle Jodphurs boots are the Saxon Action Jodhpur boots, available for both adults and children – a simple and comfortable classic.
Both jodhpurs boots and high cut riding boots have a small high heel to allow for a good grip in the stirrups.
That’s right – wellie boots aren’t just for muddy walks with the family, wellingtons are a popular equestrian choice. You can go for plain green Hunter boots or colourful designs from the likes of Joules, wellies are a casual but practical choice and good for the muddiest of stables or fields. They aren’t the go-to boot for competition use but if you just want a cheap and cheerful riding solution that will keep you dry in the wettest of riding conditions, the wellington’s a good fit.
Looking for a luxurious winter weather boot? Treat yourself to a thermal riding boot! A more unusual choice but practical nonetheless.These have a lavish soft outer design as opposed to a sturdy leather look. Harry Hall do a good range of Thermal boots with Borg lining, quilted exterior and moulded sole – proving both warm and excellent grip. You’re also likely to find finishing touches of faux fur on a thermal boot, so they’re not as easy to clean as a wellington or leather boot, but excellent for special occasion riding.