Tredstep Donatello Field Boot
I absolutely love these boots! I have tried other brands, and these had MUCH nicer leather than boots twice the price! They were soft and supple right out of the box, and it was definitely love at first ride! The fit my calf and ankle perfectly, and my picky trainer commented on how nice they looked! The only thing that I will say is that they do scratch pretty easily. My mouthy horse bit the toe cap of one of my boots, and the leather came up a little. But, a little polish and they look as good as new! Also, one of my boot trees came with a hole in it, but the lovely customer service team sent me a replacement for free. Thanks Smartpak and Tredstep!
May 16, 2013
I out grew my old hunt boots due to strength and conditioning that increased my already large tibialis anterior muscle, and gave me a calf muscle that I didn't have before. I tried several different styles of boots, and could not find any that could accommodate my lower leg muscles without being overly large in the ankle and foot, and oddly short in height.
Another rider in the barn, who is also a soccer player with leg muscles, had these boots and she was kind enough to allow me to borrow them and I was instantly in love.
I ordered a pair, and just as all the other reviews state, they were comfortable out of the box. I did not get any blisters even on the first ride, and was able to ride for over an hour.
The only area that did rub, as with the other reviews, was the zipper at the back of the ankle when I walked but because they zip on and off so easily, it's really not a big issue to me and is fixable with a little thicker sock or a gel ankle wrap also sold by Smartpak.
And, again to repeat what other reviews said, I got complements on them the first time I showed in them and those who asked me about them were surprised that they weren't a custom boot, or were not several hundred dollars. They polish very nicely to a nice shine, which for me has been the difference between first and second place in the past. I did also add a little bit of zipper wax to the zippers to keep them zipping smoothly, (but I do this to my chaps as well as it keeps zippers from becoming problematic).
I highly recommend these boots if you like clean lines, and a nice mixing of traditional style, (tabs, no punched toe cap, Spanish top), and contemporary style, (slim ankle, no tie laces, zipper).
May 16, 2013
Artistry for the legs
These could not be more perfect if they were custom made. They fit every curve of the leg from top to bottom. Comfortable from the first zip. I am very very pleased with the quality, styling, and comfort. I would definately buy these again in a heartbeat.
May 11, 2013
Pleased with my first new field boots
Very pleased with the quality and fit at this price point. I usually wear 7.5-8, so I went with the 8-8.5 and was perfectly happy with the fit from the first day; this ankle fits cleaner than any of my other tall boots. Wore them on a horse for the first time at a show and loved them on my first horse; rubbed the inside of my knee on my pony that I ride at a more acute knee angle. Now that I've ridden in them half a dozen times they are breaking in and dropping, and I am pleased to report no more rubs. Still a little "thicker" feel than my old well-worn pair, but I hope that means they'll stay durable. This is my first pair with an infamous back zipper, so I'll let you know how that holds up!
May 8, 2013
sizing scewy if you are larger foot
I really wanted these. They are beautiful and seem well made however the 9 1/2 - 10 were basically a 9 1/2 so I sent them back for an 11 since I am a perfect 10 and of course they were absolutely huge. I have a hard time understanding in this day and age of larger sized feet that a plain 10 is not available and so I gave only 3 star rating. I am really disappointed about that as well as a little mad. Also not everyone with a larger foot is model height. I am 5'6" and the boot height as a regular is super tall with about two inches too much height as well as lots of gather/wrinkles at the ankle starting out the gate so these are just way way too tall and again, why no choices in boot height? So, lucky if they fit you but so irritating that they have no size choices for the larger foot.
May 6, 2013
SmartPak's customer service is the reason I have these boots, and I LOVE them. The first time I tried them I was not impressed, however after a long chat with customer service, we decided to give them another shot in a different size. They are VERY nice boots for the price, and the people in my barn love them. The leather is super soft, so I am worried how they will hold up since I ride 5-6 horses a day, 4-5 days a week. In only two weeks the ankles had dropped. I still need the gel protectors, but the boots are SUPER comfy on my feet, which was a huge relief.
The only thing I would change is the height of the Spanish top. I wish it came up just a bit higher, but I have long legs. Overall I am VERY pleased, and only gave them a 4 for durability and quality because I've only had them for two and a half weeks.
May 6, 2013