My Ovations are getting pretty worn out, and since I’ve had them for awhile (didn’t wear them for a few years since I was using tall boots instead of half chaps - and wearing my chunky Ariat winter paddock boots for barn stuff); when I recently looked online I was unable to find that exact model!
I do like them well enough, but thought I would post here for more ideas.
I gather that Ariats have gone downhill in terms of quality (from what I read) so not worth paying the extra $$ for them. I’m hoping to pay <100$ anyway - and I don’t mind if the paddock boots wear out in a couple of years; I also don’t mind synthetic.
(I do all my jump schools, shows, clinics, etc. in my tall boots, so…)
Anyway, my poor feet are pretty grotesque: horrid bunions and hammertoes (and I have flat feet, so a cushioned footbed is very important), so I need ROOM in the toe box - I often go up a half size or a full size for this reason - but then I run into the problem of the boot being too loose in the heel and ankle. I have smallish ankles and heels anyway. Also, my half chaps are very fitted, so won’t fit over a more substantial boot (or a men’s size.)
Blundstones (for example) would be too bulky - even though they have a nice generous toebox (IIRC.) It’s too bad SO few paddock boots offer wide toe models sigh
Thoughts and suggestions?? TIA!