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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Shopping Help: Riding Boots

You guys!  I'm in desperate need of a new pair of cognac riding boots.  My current pair is deader than dead, and while it's not at all riding boot weather here in San Diego, I'm going to colder parts for Thanksgiving.  I'm so used to having my trusty riding boots that I'd feel naked without a pair in tow this Thanksgiving.  Ahhhhhh!

I've been looking since last season and tried like 6 pairs at Macy's the other day with no luck.  (I couldn't take pics and do reviews of them because the lighting was bad and every boot looked the same in pics.  Boo.)  Why is it so hard to find the right pair?  Or maybe I'm just incredibly picky.  (Probably the latter.  Don't answer that)

In case you're in the same boat, here are some boots I've either tried or ordered but haven't tried yet.  

Warning: Riding boots are one of the items I budget the most for, so the price point for these is a lot higher than what I typically feature here.  



I tried these on and they would be perfect EXCEPT the color is more dull than it appears in pictures, and I'm looking for something a bit more saturated.  Otherwise, the fit was comfortable, true to size or maybe slightly big, the buckles are sleek, and the heel is made of all rubber.  And it actually fit my calves well, thanks to the elastic in the back.  If you're not picky about color, and especially if your build is roughtly the same as mine, give these a go.  


2.  Naturalizer - Jovana  //  Other options:  Nordstrom Rack (best price)  |  Famous Footwear (more sizes)
I'm not sure what the difference is between these and the pair above, but I ordered them to find out.  I'm hoping the color is different from the Jersey boot, though I don't know why it would be since it's the same company and same name for the color.  But, I had to at least try, right?! 


I wanted to love these, but I didn't love them on ME.  I still think they're great boots.  The ankles and calves were wider than I wanted, as I'm looking for a sleeker fitting boot.  I love the color, though--a little lighter and more tan than brown.


I haven't tried these yet, but they are ordered and on their way to my house.  Apparently they're a customer favorite.  I like that there is some detailing on the sides and near the top--something I was looking for that I loved about my current dying pair of boots.  I don't know about the color, so I'm anxious to see them in person.


I really like the color, though it's a little darker in person than online.  The ankle is pretty narrow on this boot, which I appreciated.  The shaft is on the taller side (which is why it didn't work for me, unfortunately).  The heel is plastic with a rubber lining on the bottom, but since the entire thing isn't rubber I didn't find them as comfortable to walk in as the Naturalizers.  I love how they look though, so I'm sad they didn't work for me!


Another pair I ordered but haven't tried yet.  They have great reviews online, and a TON of them.  The shaft looks a little too tall for me so I'm not getting my hopes up, but I wanted to try them anyway to see what all the fuss was about.  The color also looks great!



Anyone else in the market for cognac or tan riding boots and have any leads for pairs with shorter shafts and medium/narrow ankles (roughly 15" shaft and 14-15" circumference)?  What brand are your favorite tan/cognac riding boots?   

46 comments:

  1. I just got some Enzo Angiolini brand cognac riding boots from Nordstrom. Love them!

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  2. http://m.zappos.com/pink-pepper-zipit-cognac

    I have these and love them!

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  3. Jacqueline Flory PoehlmanThursday, November 13, 2014

    I bought a pair on Amazon by a brand called Pink and Pepper. They were $37 and are great so far! I think this is them: http://www.amazon.com/Pink-Pepper-Womens-Zipit-Riding/dp/B00JCCRBFE/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1415921232&sr=8-3&keywords=pink+and+pepper+boots

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  4. I just bought the Naturalizer Johanna. I really love it, but it's probably the same color. I had some Enzo Angiolini Sporty boots last winter, and they looked great.

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  5. I got these and LOVE them. I guess they are more brown than cognac though.
    http://blog.famousfootwear.com/2014/10/look-to-try-casual-chic-in-riding-boots/

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  6. I'm very interested to see what you pick. I think I've finally decided that I would like cognac riding boots but, since I'm over my clothes budget for the year, won't be able to buy some for a bit. I have blackish-brown fake leather riding boots I wear all. the. time. right now and think my next pair needs to be leather so they hold up longer! I'm on my 3rd season with these and the toes are starting to get pretty worn. =(

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  7. I just got #6 delivered to my door step yesterday. I'm madly in love! They are however very narrow. Luckily, I have narrow feet but I don't know that they'd work for everyone. But they are soooo pretty!

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  8. I have #1 in black that I purchased last season. They are still holding up great! I purchased Janelle in Banana Bread from the Naturalizer website but haven't received them yet so no verdict to report. I can't wait to hear what you finally choose.

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  9. I got #6 last Christmas and I love them! They're kind of short on me, but I'm six feet, so that's no help for you. I actually keep seeing them on other women and every time, I think, "Ooh, I love her boots!" And then I remember that I have the same ones and get excited all over again :).

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  10. Steve Madden is my go-to pair. I only spent $100 on my current pair and I'll probably get about 4 winters out of them. When my budget allows I'll probably go for a more expensive brand but these work for now! Super soft leather and the height is perfect (I'm super short.)

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  11. These are my tan riding boots - they aren't too expensive, but they feel really sturdy and well-made. http://www.famousfootwear.com/en-US/Product/35294-1030353/LifeStride/Dark+Tan/Womens+X-Ibit.aspx?CMP=OTC-SDC&partnerid=SDC&cpc=SDC&campaign=LifeStride&cvosrc=cse.shopping.LifeStride%20Womens%20X-Ibit%20Boots%20%28Dark%20Tan%29&cvo_adid=1030353-35294-5.5M&CA_6C15C=530004820000208898

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  12. I just bought the Naturalizer Jovanas in Banana Bread last month. They were $130 at Famous Footwear. I love them so far, although I haven't put them to strenuous walking yet. They really contour my leg well in both jeans and leggings, and they are very comfy. I find the color to be plenty bright, but then I usually stick to pretty muted shoes. The only down side is that they do hit the back of my knee a bit when I'm sitting, but I'm a bit shorter than you (5'3"). I gave up finding a pair that didn't hit my knees!

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  13. Would some shoe polish not help with the dullness of colour?

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  14. Two years ago I must have tried on 50 pairs trying to find a great pair of cognac boots. I ended up with a pair of Franco Sarto Clints that fit the bill. They're on their third season and still look practically new. Their were other styles that I liked better, but it was really, really hard for me to find boots with a circumference closer to 14" than 15".

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  15. I just bought #6 and love them (actually ordered them in black now, too!) I don't have a wide foot but had to get the wide width. My daughter just got the Frye Melissa Button ones that zip up the back. They are beautiful, but pricey. She lives in hers so they were worth it to her. Out of your pics, I like #2, too.

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  16. I like #2! The color is perfect and the strap is thin and feminine.

    Melanie | UnraveledThreads

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  17. I have #6. I don't have particularly narrow feet, but these work for me. I am 5'5", and the height of the boots is perfect. I love them! The color is also amazing.

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  18. These are brown, not cognac but I really like them. My calves measure 15 1/4" with skinny jeans on and the fit is just right for me. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CIA4PCE/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o09_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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  19. There are so many more affordable options this year in the cognac riding boot market. It was so hard for me to get a pair last year. I ended up getting a pair from aldo that have held up quite well. I'm hoping the Sam Edelman option sticks around next year when I will more than likely be shopping for a pair again. Both pairs of my booties are Sam Edelman and I am impressed by the quality.

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  20. I just bought the Sam Edelman ones and they have been on the blog several times already. They were really tight on my pinky toes when I first got them but the leather is super soft and will stretch out. The shaft is a bit higher than my previous pair but it's not bad. And you're taller than me so I think you'll be fine :-) Also, my calves are about 14" and they fit perfectly.

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  21. You might try www.6pm.com. They have leather Frye boots for less than $150.

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  22. I just ordered these and am hoping they work: http://www.thefryecompany.com/paige-tall-riding/d/77535

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  23. I just bought the Naturalizer Johanna (looks almost identical to Jovana) in Banana Bread. I love them - the colour is very rich and they are super comfortable. I also like the shape of them on my leg, as the front is taller than the back.

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  24. I tried on the Marc Fisher ones. I loved everything about them except the sole is not rubber. I really prefer a rubber bottom sole for the snow and rain. It is an amber color, rather than a cognac color. It fit like a glove. I'm only 5'2" and the shaft wasn't too tall. It was perfect for my slightly larger calves. (I don't need wide calf boots but some brands can be a tad snug on me.) I am extremely picky too when it comes to my riding boots, so I get you. I have ordered the Unisa Triplee boots from JCPenney. They are too cute for words!!! But the shaft is a bit tall for me. They hit the back of my knee when I'm seated. I wore that brand all last year and they are SUPER comfy! Good luck on your search!

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  25. I have a similar pair of Marc Fisher boots from a couple years ago, they're called Arty and they are my most worn pair of boots. Super comfy and they fit my calves, which are on the meaty size, but not quite wide calf, not sure if their whole line fits like that. They are a bit loose in the ankle though, which I don't mind. No help on the color, since mine are black. Looking forward to hearing what you think of them.

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  26. aldo <3 they have genuine leather boots and sometimes you can get them for under $150 or even under $100!! mine have lasted 3+ yrs and they still look like i've only had them for a few months. :D

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  27. Jazzmin CunninghamFriday, November 14, 2014

    Have you considering using a leather polish on #1 to get them a bit more saturated? A good cobbler could easily do that for you or you could do it yourself at home.

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  28. I have the Sam Edelmans and I LOVE them! They are super comfortable (I stand and walk for a lot of the day) and I get tons of compliments on them. They're a little different than other boots because they sip in the back and they have a combined riding/ cowboy boot look. I'm only 5'4" with legs on the shorter side and the boots don't reach my knee.

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  29. I just purchased the perfect pair from Famous Footwear! The style is called "Haley." I spent about $75.

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  30. Love my Frye Phillip Harness Tall boots in cognac (15" boot shaft; 14" calf circumference). Enough that I also bought them in black (I have narrow calves/ankles and don't like gaping boots). Look for online site discounts...

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  31. I'm looking for a blogger with style similar to yours, but for someone in the 5'6" 175 lbs range. Do you have any suggestions?

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  32. Last year I bought a pair of Franco Sarto boots from TJ Maxx. I love them and have gotten a lot of compliments on them. Leather and very comfortable. http://tjmaxx.tjx.com/store/jump/product/shoes/departments/boots-&-booties/riding/Leather-High-Shaft-Boot/1000021094?colorId=NS1003555

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  33. Hello Audrey...because of your sweet blog, I purchased my 1st pair of cognac boots by Born on the Sierra Trading Post website. They are now sold out. :(. Originally $189, marked down to $124, at checkout another 30% was deducted. I ended up paying $90+ with free shipping. They are comfortable and fit well. I love them and the style they add to my wardrobe! Hope you find your boots!

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  34. I personally like #3 and #6. I'm sad that you didn't like the look of the Target ones on you because they are very you!


    -AJ

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  35. I have #6 and as others have said, these boots are awesome! They are definitely worthy of the great reviews. These are by far my favorite pair of shoes in my closet.

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  36. i want #5 so bad,i love the color and all the details.

    http://sett.com/thepleasantlyproudshark

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  37. I have #1 and LOVE them - they look great with everything and are so comfortable! I highly recommend

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  38. I might be late to the game, and I apologize if someone else already brought this up (I don't have time to read all the comments...) but have you considered getting your current boots that you love refurbished at a boot shop or shoe hospital? I have done this a lot with shoes that I adore, and you'd be surprised what a good shoe hospital can do... Just a thought if finding just the exact right new pair isn't happening for you.

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  39. Those Marc Fisher boots are the best looking ones, I think - I hope they work out for you, Audrey! My current cognac boots are Guess, from Macy's. I like them (they have some great details!), but they haven't been as durable as I wish they'd be. Plus, they are kind of crappy in the winter because there's absolutely no traction. To be quite honest, all of my favorite boots have been from Target! They've lasted for years with constant wear, as well! Bare Traps has some great options as well.

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  40. I do love Target boots. A lot haha. They're great for the rain because they usually have some sort of plastic/vinyl type of coating hahaha! Works in their favor :)

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  41. I JUST received that pair of Marc Fisher boots and I love them. I've actually never owned a pair of cognac riding boots before because I've had such a hard time finding a style I like and that fits (you're right, why is it so hard?). But like I said, I really love this pair! I really like the details and the fact that they aren't too flashy. Let us know when you find a pair you like!

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  42. AHHHHHHH I'm so glad they worked for you! I was REALLY excited about them since a lot of people said the worked well for them. They ended up being too wide in the calf for me. BOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Still haven't found a keeper yet.

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  43. Audrey how did the Penny boots work out? I'm 5' so unfortunately they were too tall for me, hitting me right at the knees. Bummer!

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  44. Shoot, sorry, J! Just saw this buried in my inbox. I thought they were great! I actually ordered the wrong size so I had to go return them in store and try on the correct size. The height was great for me and I loved how soft the leather was. But the ankle sagged a little, which I didn't like, especially for the price. Otherwise, I really loved them!

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