9 Best Paddock Boots For Riding

Choosing paddock boots can seem overwhelming at first glance. Is there really a difference between seemingly identical leather front-zip boots, priced at over $100 apart? We’re here to help you pick the best paddock boots for your money, in all price ranges.


1. Suedwind Ultima RS Front Zip Boots for Riding Horses Pros – Extremely durable with quadruple stitched soles – Machine washable – Thick comfortable antimicrobial insoles – Available in half sizes Cons – Narrower fit than some paddock boots

2. Ariat Heritage Breeze Lace Women’s Riding Boots  Pros – All-day comfort – Breathable liner – Moderately priced Cons – The pebbled leather is thinner and less hardy – Hard to get a “shined” finish – Not one of Ariat’s most durable models

3. TuffRider Women’s Baroque Front Zip Paddock Boots with Metal Zipper Pros – Leather – Affordable – Great stirrup traction Cons – Insole not made for all-day wear and tear – Less stitch count than higher-end models – “Chunkier” on the foot (a heavier model)

4. Ladies Energy Zip Front Paddock Riding Boots Pros – Any manufacturer defects backed by Ovation – Easy to clean – Great for wet weather – Affordable Cons – Longer than average break-in time – Insoles will break down quicker than other models

5. Dublin Evolution Lace Front Paddock Boots Pros – Sleek look – All-day comfort – Two-color options – Affordable Cons – Minimal adjustment at opening – Ankles harder to break-in

6. Ariat Women’s Performer Pro Vx Paddock Boot Pros – Comfortable and lightweight – All leather with a waterproofing Cons – Expensive – Less ankle support due to added stretch panels/flexion

7. Ariat Women’s Heritage Lacer II Western Cowboy Boot Pros – Inexpensive compared to cowboy boots – Stylish and comfortable – Available in two colors Cons – Irregular sizing complaints – No zip option

8. Dublin Kids’ Foundation Laced Paddock Boots Pros – Adjustable ankle support – Comfortable for kids – Affordable Cons – Longer break-in time than some comparable brands

9. Mountain Horse Snowy River Paddock Boot Pros – Warm – Waterproof – High Traction Cons – Cold-weather wear only – Bulky in stirrups

If you’re able to narrow down your needs, choosing the best paddock boots won’t be an overwhelming experience. We do recommend trying on your new boots with your regular riding socks! 


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