Tuffrider Baroque Dress Boots For Women
My guess is that you enjoy dressage, since you’re looking to buy the proper womens dress boots. But I wonder what first enticed you into the sport?
“As an event rider, I began by hating dressage.”
As an event rider, I began by hating dressage. I lived for the exhilaration of roaring over those cross-country fences ─ despite my terrible nerves during the countdown in the starting box. And there’s nothing to beat the fun of sailing over a course of stadium jumps without touching a pole.
But the first phase in a one day event is dressage ─ ugh! ─ my Achilles heel. Dressage was a tedious and necessary means of getting to the fun bits. Why didn’t they just get rid of it?
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My lousy dressage performances were pulling down my overall scores. Whereas my clean jumping rounds should put have placed me in the top rankings, I always ended up far down the list.
This upset me so much that I finally became serious about dressage. Ironically, I’ve now come to love it and it’s my main discipline.
But in the early days, before I was sure I’d enjoy this form of equestrian sport, I wasn’t about to spend a fortune on dressage boots. I needed something inexpensive that would look the part and also be versatile enough for other types of riding. Such as the Baroque Womens Dress Boots.
Why Are They Called ‘Dress’ not ‘Dressage’ Boots?
Dress boots cost less than dressage boots, and are perfect for the lower levels of dressage ─ as well as being acceptable attire for formal hunting. They don’t slant forwards or have the same stiffness as dressage boots, which makes them an easier transition from your field boots or paddock boots and chaps. This is particularly important if you walk around a lot in your riding footwear.
“Acceptable attire for Womens hunting boots”
There is often a crossover with dressage boots and hunting boots with one pair being suitable for both styles of horse riding. As mentioned above this particular pair or boots are perfectly acceptable attire for womens hunting boots as well as womens dress boots.
Review of the Baroque Womens Dress Boots
Superior comfort is a hallmark of these boots, manufactured by TuffRider. Their soft high-quality leather, elastic panels and rounded toes make them immediately comfortable without requiring a long break-in period. Dressage boots often need to be worn a lot before they stop hurting, especially behind the knee or at the heel. This means you can’t be absolutely sure that they’ll work for you until it’s too late to send them back.
Very often comfort in dressage footwear comes at the expense of good looks. Not so with this womens dress boot: it has an elegant style, with the high Spanish cut which dressage riders covet because it adds the illusion of longer legs and gives a custom appearance to the boot. This makes it ideal for competition as well as daily training.
If you’re unfamiliar with the term ‘Spanish cut,’ it refers to the added height of the boot on the outside of the knee.
Because of their combined attractiveness and comfort, Baroque Womens Dress Boots are ideal for both schooling and local dressage shows, and would not be out of place at recognized shows. They have some of the stiffness of a dressage boot, which helps the rider lengthen her leg, without any of the discomfort. Being made of softer leather, they make it less effort to wrap your leg around your horse if he is of the more rounded barrel type.
The zipper runs up the back of the boot, making it far easier to put on than the traditional pull-on types. Frequently the weakest part, zippers on dressage boots often break after only a few uses and constantly need to be replaced. The zipper on Baroque Womens Dress Boots is durable, and lasts for as long as the soles.
I would, however, recommend that you use a shoe horn when putting them on, as the base of the zipper can hurt your heels when you insert your feet.
Be aware, too, that this boots runs small. You may want to consider ordering a half size larger than your normal shoe size. The ankle is contoured, which is too narrow for some riders, but has the advantage of preventing the boot from dropping too much through folding at the ankle.
The boot comes in a broad range of sizes, from 6 through 11, including half-sizes, with a choice of regular, slim and wide calf widths. Plus there are also some child sizes available, so if your looking for girls dressage boots for your daughter then these might make a good choice too.
The Baroque Womens Dress Boots don’t shine up as well as ‘real’ dressage boots but this is to be expected with the less expensive products. This is not a problem at the lower competition levels. As long as your boots are clean, the judge cares more about your performance than how much you paid for your footwear!
Overall this is a very attractive boot at a very attractive price. It is the ideal womens dressage boot if you’re in the early stages of your dressage career and looking for a stylish, elegant boot at a very reasonable cost.
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