It's no joke when I say I've been waiting years to buy a pair of long riding boots, or rather to find a pair that fit! I've always admired long boots, but never been able to fit into them myself. Everything I had tried on in the past was either too long or too narrow on the calf. After a while of searching and only finding boots that were way out of my price range online with no guarantee that they would fit, I gave up looking. I've had the same pair of half chaps for over ten years now, the elastic is mostly gone and the chaps that were once black are now a faded and peeling grey. To match my new horse I traded in a lot of unwanted horse items that didn't fit my cob and used the money to treat myself.
At first I ordered the standard height wide option. When they arrived they were slightly too tight on my calves and I didn't want to risk having months of waiting for the leather to stretch. I returned them with Fuller Fillies hastle free returns system and organised an exchange for an extra wide pair. The customer service I received was brilliant, I couldn't have asked for better help and advice on sizing. When the stock arrived I was updated and given a date of arrival via courier. I was given a further update to the exact time my boots would be arriving which made me very excited.
When they arrived I opened up the lovely pink box and slipped them on. I held my breath while zipping them up and then almost cried in relief. The zips did up perfectly, and I tried them over riding tight and thicker jodhpurs to be sure that they would be a great fit all year round.
The quality of these boots is unbelievable! The leather is soft and feels like beautiful quality, the zips are sturdy without being too bulky and the stitching all over the boots is well done. I can't explain how happy I am with my purchase!
In the end I bought a UK size size in the option of standard height with an extra wide calf. My calves are around 18.5 inches and the fit is snug without being uncomfortable, with the added bonus of a stretch panel that will allow me to wear thicker jodhpurs in winter with long winter socks. The design of the boots is extremely slimming, my huge calfs look nowhere near as wide in these boots and the contoured ankle doesn't add bulk. As you can see from the photos above and below, the boots look amazing.
I'll be updating this blog after I've ridden in these boots for a month or so to allow everyone to see how they break in and how much they eventually drop with use.
I'm very hopefully that these boots will last a long time and put up with a lot or wear.
If you've got any questions about these boots please feel free to leave a comment below :)