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#1 LegacyGirl

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Posted 12 June 2011 - 06:40 PM

hey guys. so i dont really ride western that much, but i do love it. I have decided to invest in a pair of cowboy boots just for the heck of it..i just got loads of money from graduation, so im hoping that i can use some of that to buy myself some boots.

what brand do you guys suggest? which brand/make is the comfiest? anything i should know before i buy cowboy boots?? thanks guys
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Posted 12 June 2011 - 06:57 PM

I've always loved my Ariats because they've never needed break-in time. However, I got a pair of Tony Lama's last year because they were just like the Ariats I wanted, only cheaper. They have lasted just as well, and were also painless to break in. And less expensive!! so whoot!
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Posted 12 June 2011 - 09:12 PM

im a HUGE fan of my Lucheeses and twisted X boots, third to rod patricks.... im a boot hore..


the ariats are ok for the money, but if your gonna wear them and want to walk alot, the twisted x's squeak ahead of the lucheeses but just a smidge.. id never own a pair of justins even if someone bought me a pair..

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Posted 13 June 2011 - 01:06 AM

Ariat is good for the money - and great customer service (well it was for me anyways - replaced a pair of boots, no questions asked!).

Currently, for riding boots, I own a pair of Ariat Heritage Womans Roughstock boots. They are OK. Almost due for a new (and probably different) pair...

For going out boots, I bought a pair of Stetson square toe boots. They are pretty nice.

Luccheses are nice, but you are also paying a pretty penny... IMO, twisted x boots are not even comparable to Luccheses.

Just go to your local feed store and try on a bunch of boots... when I was looking for a new pair, brand wasn't an issue (quality is a different story), but as long as they fit and were comfortable, then those were the ones I bought!
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Posted 14 June 2011 - 01:34 PM

I love my Justins! I never feel like I have to break them in, but it's different for everyone. I have an old pair of Boulets that now have a hole in one of the soles, but I refuse to throw them out because they are so comfy, plus they're the only boots I like to ride in. I've also had a pair of Tony Lamas and those were super comfy too! I don't personally like Ariats, I've never found them to be very comfortable, but I know that a lot of people love them. Whatever kind of boots you end up buying, make sure that they have a leather sole if you plan on riding in them. Rubber soled boots like the Justin Gypsys and the Ariat Fat Babies stick in the stirrups pretty bad. The first and last time that I wore rubber soled boots to ride in was at a Jr. Rodeo for Goat Tying. I went to jump off and my foot got stuck and I ended up getting drug across the arena, so they're definetely a saftey hazzard!

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Posted 15 June 2011 - 05:18 PM

I have a pair of Justin's I clean the barn with and they are amazing! I bought them because I wanted fat babies but my feet are too wide for them haha. I do ride in mine, shhh! But I never have had a problem with getting hung up in the stirrups. I ride english with half chaps over them lol. I like the bulkier look as opposed to my paddock boots. Sorry, tangent.

also, as far as I remember my Justin's came with a warranty, I don't remember if my Ariats ever have. Probably.
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Posted 15 June 2011 - 07:53 PM

I have always had both and love them! My Justin's seem to hold up longer, and that's not just riding in them but also cleaning stalls. My Ariats are good too, just don't hold up as long when I clean stalls with them.

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Posted 16 June 2011 - 11:17 AM

I have a pair of Justin's I clean the barn with and they are amazing! I bought them because I wanted fat babies but my feet are too wide for them haha. I do ride in mine, shhh! But I never have had a problem with getting hung up in the stirrups. I ride english with half chaps over them lol. I like the bulkier look as opposed to my paddock boots. Sorry, tangent.

also, as far as I remember my Justin's came with a warranty, I don't remember if my Ariats ever have. Probably.



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Posted 16 June 2011 - 09:29 PM

Its fine to ride in rubber soled boots, you just dont want the chunky tread that Fat Babys come with etc
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Posted 17 June 2011 - 12:12 AM

I've never liked a pair of Justins, I've always gone with my Ariats. I have four pairs of Ariats that I've owned for quite a few years and I can still wear all of them. I've always wanted a pair of Anderson Beans or Twisted X but I'm not willing to pay for them because I'm cheap. haha Go with whatever fits your foot and have the style you like.
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Posted 29 August 2011 - 04:50 PM

My Ariats usually last me two years when wearing them almost every day. That's pretty dang good for how hard I am on shoes, expecially work boots. I'm partial to the lace up all purpose boots when I'm not showing. Feels like I'm wearing my nikes in the barn!

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Posted 31 August 2011 - 12:42 AM

I love Ariats! I have a pair of the Artiat womens heritage laceups that have lasted 3 years and are still in good shape. They are very comfy and dont take any break in time.

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Posted 31 August 2011 - 07:19 AM

Have had my mens Tony Lama,s resoled three times, but this time I'll have to buy new ones. The mens are built better, and their wider. Very comfy boots, in or out of the saddle.
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Posted 13 September 2011 - 08:41 PM

I have a couple pairs of Ariats and I've been really happy with them. I have a pair of ProBaby's and the Heritage Buckeroo boots and I love them. I cant really comment on durability because I've worn mine to church and things and not as work boots.

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Posted 15 December 2011 - 04:27 AM

I have a wide foot and I love my Ariats!
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Posted 20 December 2011 - 11:55 PM

I've had Justins and Ariats they are both really comfortable depending on what style you get; my pull-ons almost never need breaking in but my lace-up Ariats are another story. However, those same boots I literally wear every day. Ok, story on the Justins, when I bought them I didn't realize it was a leather sole, I wore them just about every day and that included to school, which was me walking miles on cement sidewalk, so yeah they lasted 6mo. BUT that ought to tell you how comfortable they were. When I bought my current RIDING boots (Ariat pull-on), I made sure it was a rubber sole and they've lasted me four years and still comfortable (not waterproof, however :) )but walking in them for long distances make my feet sore. What I wear for going to work and school and around the barn (NOT riding) are lace-up Ariats that are probably more comfy to me than sneakers. They have a rubber sole AND HEEL, which makes a he11uva difference. I've replaced the laces twice now and they need oiling bad but still waterproof (and I know bc I walked through a boot-sucking mud bog in them today) and comfy.

Never owned Tony Lamas but on my wish list and I keep looking at the Georgia Boot Muddogs (NEVER for riding in however-the sole is like 2" thick) but when I go for another pair of riding boots it'll probably be Ariats. The place I shop at just has more options in Ariat than Justin and they're usually cheaper too. Happy Shopping!!

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 02:11 PM

Ariats for sure. I've had mine for a year now and they look jut like when I bought them. They were also comfortable right from the day I got them. I love those boots

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Posted 20 February 2012 - 12:58 PM

I love my Ariats!
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Posted 21 February 2012 - 12:46 PM

It is hard to find boots made in America any more, but I wish I could. Ariats have held up great and are comfortable, but remember: I am a terrible dancer, so I don't try anymore. For safety reasons. I was dangerous to everyone else!

The comfort and traction of the synthetic souls are desirable, but wont slide on the dance floor. A boot repair technician told me last week that she expects the foreign boots to drop in quality as time goes by. Chinese firms work hard on quality control to get the contract .... then .... kaboom. Ariats and Justins are now made overseas, as well as many more.

Go with what is comfortable and looks the way you want it to.

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Posted 04 November 2012 - 08:08 PM

I'd just like to say,I love my double H lace-ups. Love them so much I have 3 pairs. Wouldn't dance in em though. I'm not a good dancer. Walking or riding they're great!

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Posted 24 January 2013 - 04:14 PM

I always went with Ariat!

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