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ilovelittlehooves
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posted July 08, 2008 08:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ilovelittlehooves     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I need your advice on dressage boots, If anyone can give me some tips or any experience they've had with their custom made boots. Any brand! I an going to get a pair made and I want to make sure that if I spend the money I do it wisely! Lets hear it..the good, the bad, the ugly!

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Piaffing
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posted July 08, 2008 08:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Piaffing     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have a pair of Cavallos that I bought from Bakers. Carmen took all my measurements and then sent them off. I love them.

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prospect
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posted July 08, 2008 09:46 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for prospect     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My husband spoiled me and had me measured for der dau's at the royal winter fair.

I have large feet - size 11 and big calves - also, where I broke my leg is real sensitive.

They measured both legs, calves, everything - as one leg is different then the other - I have zippers that run up the front - they are so easy to put on.

They put in a special soft pad at my break.

The first time I wore them was at a show - Had the best test ever - 11 - 8's on my test - the first outdoors since breaking my leg and I never even noticed that I wore new boots.

They are absolutely awesome - If you can wait until the royal - get them to measure you there and they come in about 6 weeks.

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Jazzy_Lady
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posted July 08, 2008 10:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jazzy_Lady     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am anxiously awaiting until I can run down to Bakers and pick up my cavallos that just arrived TODAY!!

I got the weltermeisters (or something to that effect) which are a stiff boot, but not as stiff as the high range Cavallos with the whale bone. They are a mid-range boot.

I'm super pumped! I have been riding in a friend's pair of the high range Cavallos and I LOVE the feeling of a stiff boot!

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amc2
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posted July 09, 2008 12:42 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for amc2     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Vogel Custom French Calf leather dress boots! love 'em http://www.vogelboots.com/

dont take 'em off with a booth jack though- the leather is soo butter soft they marked.

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Black Tack
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posted July 09, 2008 09:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Black Tack     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I love my semi custom Konigs. I've had them for about 8 years and they are super. However they took awhile to break in and they are very stiff, but because of that, they hold their shape really well. I ordered them through Rider's Habit back when they were open.

JL, that's SO exciting! Lucky you!

I didn't show last year so have been riding in my half chaps and paddock boots steadily for the past 2 years. However after wearing my dress boots at the first show this spring, I hated the light feel of the paddock boots and have been riding in my dress boots ever since. I will go back to the paddock boots for the winter I'm sure, but I much prefer the feel of the dress boot.

[This message has been edited by Black Tack (edited July 09, 2008).]

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clifton
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posted July 10, 2008 12:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for clifton     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If you're going for the traditional dressage look of a stiff boot and a very long leg line and if you have the budget, Konigs are great - IMO the best money can buy. Cavallos are less $$ and hold up well (I've had mine since 1996 and they're in great shape). You can often find Petries at a really good price on Ebay or on Dressage Extensions.

Der Daus, Vogels etc. are well made and very nice, but are not the genuine article when it comes down to dressage boots - you won't see anyone at the FEI levels with soft leather boots!!!

Good luck!

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Horziz
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posted July 10, 2008 04:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Horziz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I also love my semi-custom Konigs, also bought from riders habit back in the day. The foot is standard the calf is custom (made for someone else but that's another story).

They are probably about 8 years old and have been worn as a school and show boot for about 6 years. They are still in amazing shape.

Note that I never wear my boots except to ride. When I first bought them I was told to only wear them riding. They will wear/break differently when worn walking.

They are a stiff boot, but that is what gives them there longevity and what makes them look amazing. However ,I have a high instep and they are difficult to get on and off.

This year if bought the ariat dress zip to use as a schooling boot, as I was starting to notice wear and tear on my Konigs. For example the stitching for the boot pulls has started to unravel. This stitching is <b>not</b> visible from the outside of the boot (both sides). I tried to find someone who could restitch them without going through the whole boot, but no luck to date. Also because they are such stiff leather, where they falll around the ankle, esp. on the inside, the leather is in a point and it is here that the leather has started to wear.

Hoping they last as long as my days in the saddle.

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Jazzy_Lady
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posted July 11, 2008 09:22 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jazzy_Lady     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I picked up my new cavallos yesterday! I'm so excited, but I'll only get to wear them twice before I show in them! Carmen was very expilicit in my directions... but wearing them gets very difficult when I have 3 days of jumping/conditioning work for my eventer before next week!!!

Can't wait to ride in them though... they fit PERFECTLY.

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prospect
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posted July 11, 2008 06:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for prospect     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by clifton:
If you're going for the traditional dressage look of a stiff boot and a very long leg line and if you have the budget, Konigs are great - IMO the best money can buy. Cavallos are less $$ and hold up well (I've had mine since 1996 and they're in great shape). You can often find Petries at a really good price on Ebay or on Dressage Extensions.

Der Daus, Vogels etc. are well made and very nice, but are not the genuine article when it comes down to dressage boots - you won't see anyone at the FEI levels with soft leather boots!!!

Good luck!


My der daus are dressage boots - stiff and made for dressage - der daus make alot of different models and they are incredible custom made boots - I needed no break in at all. FYI

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clifton
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posted July 15, 2008 02:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for clifton     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by prospect:
My der daus are dressage boots - stiff and made for dressage - der daus make alot of different models and they are incredible custom made boots - I needed no break in at all. FYI


My mistake

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barngoddess
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posted July 28, 2008 09:36 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for barngoddess     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I got the PIAFFE model, Cavallo custom made boots from Carmen about 4 yrs ago. Love them. Don't let him make them too tall for you though, 'cause with the VERY stiff whale boning they do NOT 'fall' very much, if at all, so I am still wearing my riser pad in the heel. I got the zippers and am thrilled that I did - even though one did break after only five wears and I had to replace it at my OWN expense!
These boots are extremely cushy in the foot and very comfortable and the leather is gorgeous!!!

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iloveGSDs
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posted July 28, 2008 04:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for iloveGSDs     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I LOVE my Derby boots. They fit perfectly.

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schatzi
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posted July 28, 2008 11:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for schatzi     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I bought my cavallos from Carmen over 15 years ago. Love them and they still are in great show shape! They have the whale bone, they were a bit painful to break in but wouldn't change them!

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Black Tack
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posted July 29, 2008 07:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Black Tack     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Who makes Derby boots GSD?

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iloveGSDs
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posted July 31, 2008 04:47 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for iloveGSDs     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Black Tack:
Who makes Derby boots GSD?

It's the company name "Derby". I believe they are in the Netherlands. Amazing boots. I have the oxblood colour.
http://www.derby.nl/english/profiel.html
Mine are the olympic model - with the leather soles etc...very comfy.

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clifton
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posted August 05, 2008 11:24 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for clifton     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Oooooohhhh, I loff the oxblood colour!!! Very Ane Greta Jensen!!!

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eventer007
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posted August 06, 2008 09:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for eventer007     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have a pair of Konigs that I bought online which dont fit. They are close to being new, size 6.5 ladies, $250 if anyone wants them

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EquineBodyWorks
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posted August 09, 2008 07:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for EquineBodyWorks     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

Der Daus, Vogels etc. are well made and very nice, but are not the genuine article when it comes down to dressage boots - you won't see anyone at the FEI levels with soft leather boots!!!

Good luck![/B][/QUOTE]

I have a pair of stiff custom Vogels...unfortunately I didn't get to wear them before breaking my heel. Now I can't get them on.

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prospect
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posted August 09, 2008 07:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for prospect     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by EquineBodyWorks:

Der Daus, Vogels etc. are well made and very nice, but are not the genuine article when it comes down to dressage boots - you won't see anyone at the FEI levels with soft leather boots!!!

Good luck!


fyi der dau makes specific dressage boots along with many other varieties - my dressage boots are not soft - they are hard actual "real" dressage boots and they did not need any break in period.
http://www.derdau.com/inicio.swf

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KindNepenthe
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posted August 21, 2008 06:37 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for KindNepenthe     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by prospect:
My husband spoiled me and had me measured for der dau's at the royal winter fair.

I have large feet - size 11 and big calves - also, where I broke my leg is real sensitive.

They measured both legs, calves, everything - as one leg is different then the other - I have zippers that run up the front - they are so easy to put on.

They put in a special soft pad at my break.

The first time I wore them was at a show - Had the best test ever - 11 - 8's on my test - the first outdoors since breaking my leg and I never even noticed that I wore new boots.

They are absolutely awesome - If you can wait until the royal - get them to measure you there and they come in about 6 weeks.


Would you mind me asking how much you paid for them?

I'm looking for a new pair of dress boots and custom might be the only way for me to go since I'm shaped a bit odd. I have high arches which ACHE in regular boots, bad ankles, a size 10 foot and 13" calves.

All the slims I've had end up too big after the break in period. I have chicken legs. I wish the rest of me was as small, haha.

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prospect
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posted August 21, 2008 08:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for prospect     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
They were 1200.00

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Conspicuous
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posted September 30, 2008 10:49 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Conspicuous     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I love my Cavallos! One thing I would suggest, and they would disagree with me at tack shops, but remember that in the summer, or after a long day, your legs swell a bit. (Try getting tight fitting boots off after a hot sweaty show day! I used to DREAD that part of the day!) God forbid you gain 5 pounds like I did! Ouch! Those babies are hard to get on now! I would add a centimeter to the calf size, you won't regret it! Just a thought!

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Dee-Vee
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posted September 30, 2008 12:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dee-Vee     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Conspicuous:
I love my Cavallos! One thing I would suggest, and they would disagree with me at tack shops, but remember that in the summer, or after a long day, your legs swell a bit. (Try getting tight fitting boots off after a hot sweaty show day! I used to DREAD that part of the day!) God forbid you gain 5 pounds like I did! Ouch! Those babies are hard to get on now! I would add a centimeter to the calf size, you won't regret it! Just a thought!

...or plan your day so that you have 10 minutes to elevate your feet over your head . Works in most cases.

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jean_genie
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posted September 30, 2008 12:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jean_genie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Has anyone ever tried Dehner boots for dressage?

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danseurhorse
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posted September 30, 2008 01:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for danseurhorse     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have a pair of custom made Dehner's and I love them. I have had Koenigs and Cavallos and thought they were great at the time but when I switched over I was astounded at the difference. I found the leather in the Koenigs and Cavallos too soft in the foot, and having the stiffer boot with the whalebone, found I moved my foot too much. The foot leather in the Dehner's matches the rest of the boot and I feel like I have my whole leg in place. My equitation is better and I can keep my heel down.

If I had never gone to the Dehner's I never would have known that could happen. You would think that the higher name brand boots are pretty much all the same.

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jean_genie
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posted September 30, 2008 01:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jean_genie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks danseurhorse --- I will give the Dehners some serious consideration.

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Dee-Vee
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posted October 15, 2008 09:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dee-Vee     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Any votes for Ariats???

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Katzenjammer
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posted October 15, 2008 12:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Katzenjammer     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Has anyone ever tried Petries? Also Dutch. Got a pair right now that I am trying to break in...ouch. This is my first new pair, not fun. But I was able to find them in my size (big feet, long skinny lengs) - I got them 56 cm high!! :-)

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Minuet8
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posted October 15, 2008 01:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Minuet8     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have Ariat field boots and LOVE THEM. I have tried on their dressage boots and love them too, but not practical for cross-country.

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Black Tack
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posted October 15, 2008 03:45 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Black Tack     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What kind of Ariats Minuet?

I have a student who has Ariat field boots and they are really hard to break in. I'm wondering if some of the other Ariats might be easier....

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