Paddock Boots (43)
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Frequently asked questions about Paddock Boots
Paddock boots, also called Jodhpur boots, are cut ankle high and represent an alternative to the conventional riding boots. They are made of leather or rubber and facilitate the work in the stable everyday. Whether for mucking out, for longer distances or in combination with chaps also for riding - paddock boots are always a practical companion. Unlike normal street shoes, paddock boots have a heel and a grippy sole. They also protect and stabilize your ankle and can prevent riding accidents.
Paddock boots are suitable for all riders who are looking for a cost-effective and comfortable alternative to riding boots. Those who like to wear Jodhpur breeches also make a good decision with paddock boots - it is not for nothing that the ankle-high shoes are also called Jodhpur ankle boots. Since Jodhpur breeches are cut a little wider at the calf, they can thus be pulled on optimally over the paddock boots. However, the comfortable paddock boots are not only suitable for riding, but also for daily stable work.
Basically, you can choose between paddock boots with zipper, elastic band, or lacing. All three variants have different advantages and disadvantages. A zipper on the paddock boots, which is usually at the back or on the inside, makes it easier for you to put them on and take them off, but it can also happen that the zipper breaks at some point. Paddock boots with elastic bands have the advantage that they hug the foot due to their flexibility and still fit with an extra pair of socks. The disadvantage, however, is that the rubber can stretch, and this variant doesn't look very elegant. A lacing system allows you to customize your paddock boots, preventing them from slipping. However, there is a risk that you will get caught somewhere with the laces and leather care is also somewhat more difficult.
Paddock boots are cheaper than classic riding boots and also serve the same purpose: they give the rider the necessary support while riding and ensure that the leg and the ankle are stable. In addition, they are flexible, have a high wearing comfort and are equipped with a grippy sole as well as with riding-specific heels. The various closure options make them easy to put on and take off. Another advantage over riding boots is that you can use paddock boots both for riding and for work in the stable.
If you want to wear paddock boots in winter, you should first and foremost make sure that they are well lined. So that the feet do not get cold while riding or working in the stable, the lining is usually made of lambskin, teddy fleece or synthetic materials. To prevent slipping, the paddock boots should have an anti-slip sole with a good grip. In addition, it is advisable to choose a size larger for the winter, then even thick socks have room in it. Those who like it even warmer, can additionally fall back on warm insoles.
When buying paddock boots, the first thing that is important is an ideal fit as well as a high level of wearing comfort. They should not press, but also not slip. Good quality, high-quality leather as well as careful workmanship pay off if you want to benefit from paddock boots for a long time. Depending on your personal preferences, you should also pay attention to the various closure options. Some riders prefer a zipper, others a lacing. Finally, the look plays a major role in the purchase, because here you have the choice between brown and black paddock boots. So you can match your new model to the color of your saddle or bridle.
Whether riding boots or paddock boots are more suitable is mainly a matter of taste. If freedom of movement and a quick dressing and undressing are important to you, paddock boots would be the better choice for you. Riding boots, on the other hand, provide more stability while riding and usually look a bit classier. While dressage riders often fall back on the classic riding boots, jumpers and leisure riders decide often for paddock boots. The only thing that is important is that you also wear chaps in addition to the paddock boots when riding, so that your calf doesn't rub against the saddle flap and your skin doesn’t get caught between the saddle and the stirrup leathers.