I bought my last pair of boots about 12 years ago, and it’s time for another - the calf is about to wear through in a couple spots, one zipper pull is busted, and I was never thrilled with the fit
of the calf anyway.
This time around, I think I want a dress boot. No, not a stovepipe, true dressage boot - I do other things, like eventing, so I actually want a slimmer ankle with some flexibility. I’m leaning hard towards Petries, they seem to have the quality and durability I want in an affordable package. I don’t need custom or fancy bling or soft leather, and can usually fit into off the shelf sizing.
Is it still customary/appropriate to buy slightly taller than your actual height measurement to account for dropping? How much do you add? Too short boots are my pet peeve.
In boots with the full length elastic insert up the back of the calf, do you order the size of your exact calf measurement or adjust (down?) for the ‘stretch factor’?
Can someone please convince me that having a zipper on the inside front of the boot is absolutely NOT going to damage my saddle? Doesn’t the exposed zipper rub on the edge of the flap over time?
Any other input on Petries lower end lines (<$500) welcome also.