Last week I made the mistake of running an Etsy search for riding helmets. Here’s the boot counterpart.
Etsy, for the uninitiated, is a sometimes magical, occasionally terrifying wonderland of random stuff, and a lot of it. When I ran a search for “equestrian riding boots”…
As expected, Etsy’s definition of “equestrian riding boots” is pretty loose. First up, these WANDERLUST Riding boots. Just $285, and they’re also available in teal!
Here’s something I can definitely see becoming a trend in the show ring, NOT: Brown Leather Boot Bows – Clip-on Accessories for Riding Boots ($18).
These Amazing ‘Thorogood’ 1910s Ladies Knee High Lace-up Brown Leather Riding Boots ($395) went out of style in 1910 for a reason.
Hey look, paddock boots! Leather Chelsea Chunk Heel Riding Boots ($62).
In contrast, here’s a pair of legitimate Ariat paddock boots, listed as 90s Combat Boots US 7 Roper Leather Plaid punk grunge hipster festival gypsy pastel goth light brown lacer red black lace up tan Flannel ($65). But the description is the best part (I took a screenshot directly from the page so you don’t think I’m lying):
[Insert sound of car slamming on its brakes.] “The logo on the side looks like a bio-hazard symbol.” WHAT?!?!?!?
Let’s circle back to tall boots. I’m pretty sure a horse would NOT be appreciative of being ridden in these: Boho Riding Boots ($98). Tall about keeping your heels down!
The field boot version: Tall Riding Boots ($110).
Pair these Vintage Ruggeri Italian Riding Boots ($95) with a top hat and you’ll be all set to get laughed out of any dressage arena.
Instead of spurs, trendy (in the ’80s) silver conchos: 1980 vintage black leather riding boots ($65).
OK, I’m just going to stop there.
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