Bet your first thought when looking at them was: -“Are they comfortable?”
And then perhaps: – “You can’t possibly show dressage in them?..”
Just like the Ariat Volant, they are chunky. Built on a platform designed for comfort, providing cushion under heel and forefoot while flexing in the right places.
Not designed to look slim, sleek and sultry as they squeeze every tender tissue under your foot to death and give absolutely no cushion under your feet as you traipse across a gravely showground the 15th time.
Here they are fresh out of the box.
The blue tops look just like that, not highly visible. The ankle is slim and the entire toecap and front foot of the boot is slimmer than the Volant model.
Very comfortable, in a Sergio Grasso Walk & Ride sort of way and a Dressage On A Dime sort of budget.
These are the soft sided type of schooling boots you’d not want to pick if you prefer the stiff stovepipes, perhaps combined with a little toe squeezing!
If you prefer to view your legs and feet as part of an athletic package that should be allowed to have a life of their own – perhaps a real career in another sport such as running or hiking – well then, these will fit the bill just right!
I really like the feel of these. The break in period should be super short. With heel lifts even shorter. These are my third pair of Ariats, and the foot size stayed true, although they do fit a wee tighter in the forefoot.
Only pick the Slim shaft if you truly know you have slim calves. I was thrilled to feel they zipped up really tight, just right, in the slims, and with the stretch panel on the side they’re really comfortable.
It’s the perforated sides you’ll have to get over. A showring shine is not going to be possible. Here’s a closeup.
The Volant S Zip model is similar. They, too, do not have a patent leather shine, but the outers are smoother and they’d look worthy at most shows if you’re after more of a modern showboot style.
These, the V Sports, are much more casual in a mud, sweat, and muzzle slobber sort of way. A Sport boot!
And to answer the second question, these will be in my stirrups during some dressage shows. OK, just schooling shows. But it’ll be fine. And sporty.
Confidently flailing comfortable calves!
Shadbelly.com (They’re awesome!) recently did a feature on Petrie’s take on a tall boot – the Petrie Sydney.
If you’re looking for comfort, but not sold on the edgy look of these Ariats, take a look at their post. Find it here: No Pain No Gain?