I have had my Ariat V Sport Tall Boots for about 4 months now. I was in love with them the day I bought them but I am REALLY in love with them now. They run about $299 through most retailers such as Dover.
Dover’s description: Crafted of premium European calf leather with a full leather lining and stretch mesh, this boot has a high-cut Spanish topline with blue cuff detail. A contoured cut through the ankle ensures a sleek look, while a full-length elasticized panel on lateral side provides for the ultimate fit and comfort. An oiled inner leg panel offers grip and durability. An elasticized instep allows for easy flexion and reduced bulk at the foot. The discreet full-length back zipper has a zipper guard. Ariat’s Cobalt™ Quantum Technology offers enhanced comfort and performance. An open-cell PU footbed provides maximum comfort and rebound and reduces heat build-up. A moisture-wicking sock liner keeps your foot dry. Ariat’s patented Y-shaped composite truss shank promotes stability as you walk and ride. A full-length TPE midsole provides superior cushioning, while an anatomically designed forefoot has flex channels to ease flexion. A full-length TPU chassis promotes enhanced stability throughout the gait cycle. Ariat’s signature Duratread™ outsole offers long wear.
The pros of Ariat V Sport Boots:
- They felt broken-in the day I got them and they are just as comfortable now.
- The leather quality is fantastic.
- The soles are very grippy.
- They feel more like you are walking in tennis shoes than riding boots.
- With the supple leather and stretch panels they feel and look like they were custom fit for my leg.
- The perforated outer shell promotes heat dissipation so my legs don’t get overly sweaty in hot weather.
- I haven’t had my toes feel cold in these boots, granted I haven’t been outside in inclement weather for very long in them either and I ride in a semi-heated barn.
- I feel more connection to my horse through these than many other boots I have ridden in due to the thinner more supple leather.
- The more contoured ankle makes the boot more comfortable to walk in, as it doesn’t rub my heel because it fits me better.
- They are very fashionable for schooling and showing.
The cons of Ariat V Sport Boots:
- I have a hard time getting my spurs to stay in the spur holders.
- When my spurs aren’t pushed down where they belong, it can be slightly difficult to get my foot in the boot
So far these boots are wearing fantastically and I use them 3-4 times per week. Ariat V Sport Tall Boots are well worth the money if you are looking for a fashionable and custom looking dressage boot for schooling or showing without spending the money on a pair of custom boots.