Western Boot Styles
few riding boots are as popular, or as famous, as Western riding boots. They are the epitome of the frontier rider. Western horse riding boots from brands like Ariat, rm Williams, baxter are rugged enough to withstand a tough day of working in saddle, and stylish and comfortable enough for a night on the town.
Whether you choose an English or western style boot is up to you. Western boots traditionally tend to have a slightly higher heel than English. Some western style boots have crepe soles, which for safety sake.
You can also find ankle height boots. This might be more comfortable if you wish to ride in half chaps . But all will provide you with good stability and protection.
What Not to Wear for Riding
Boots made especially for riding come in several different styles. Whatever style you choose, any riding boot should have a small tread, and a heel that is about 1 inch (2.5cm) to 1 ½ inch high. This will help prevent your boot from slipping through the stirrup. Heavily treaded boots like hiking boots or snow boots are unsuitable. These boots tend to be wide, with a big boxy toe, which means they may get caught on the sides of the stirrup. They also have quite a heavy tread, which will make it harder to slide your foot in and out of the stirrup.
It’s important to wear proper footwear when working around and riding horses. Good boots or shoes help protect your feet if they get stepped on, and help prevent your foot from sliding through the stirrup should you fall off your horse. Flip-flops, high heels, sandals, clogs, garden shoes like Crocs, and canvas running shoes have no place in the barn. Even rubber boots don’t provide a lot of protection, although they do come in handy when the weather is wet, or you’re mucking out stalls.
When you’re choosing any type of gear, including footwear, always think ‘safety first’.
Many of the more inexpensive boots are made with either the upper or lowers, or both made of vinyl. This may be less comfortable for your feet and may break down faster than a good pair of leather boots (that can be repaired).