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Ariat® Cadence Dressage Boot

Ariat Footwear - Item #22201
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The precision and athleticism of dressage inspired the thoughtful craftsmanship and style of the Cadence Dressage Boot. Imported.

Favorite Features

  • ATS Technology provides all day stability and comfort
  • Duratread outside provides maximum wear resistance and flexibility
  • Premium full-grain leather upper with reinforcement on outside of calf
  • Full leather lining
  • Square toe shape
  • High Spanish cut topline
  • Full length back zipper with keeper
Key Specifications
  • Material: Premium full-grain leather upper with reinforcement on outside of calf
  • Style: Dress
  • Stretch Panels: Full length elastic gore panel on lateral side
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Ariat Fit Tip!

Premium full grain leather upper with reinforcement on outside calf for a structured, dressage-type shaft; Full length elastic gore panel; Structured construction allows for true-to-size calf; Size up in calf in between measurements to ensure comfortable fit

Additional Tips & Tricks

  • Ariat uses the highest quality zippers, coiled YKK #10
  •  “Tall & Tight” is the motto. The zipper should not glide up easily, but it should NOT take you 40 minutes to zip them either
  •  Height is correct when you see a “V” behind the knee when you do a slight squat
  • The customer can expect a ¼” to a ½” drop in height in tall boots
  •  Heel lifts (or small tack sponge) can be used as an aid during break- in
  •  Calf and height measurements change every other foot size on the ½ size.   So, 7.5 and 8 have the same measurements, as do 8.5 and 9

 INSIDER EXCLUSIVE : This can work to your advantage! If an 8 slim is too tight and a 8 regular is too loose, then try the 8.5 slim since that will fall between the two calf sizes.

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Material Premium full-grain leather upper with reinforcement on outside of calf
Style Dress
Type of Zipper Full length back zipper with keeper
Zipper Placement Back
Stretch Panels Full length elastic gore panel on lateral side
Footbed ATS Technology
Special Features Square Toe Shape, Full leather lining

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    Ariat® Cadence Dressage Boot is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 19.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful boot s I love these boots. They are very pretty and the square toe is very stylish.
    Date published: 2017-09-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent dressage boot for a very good price This is a great boot for a very good price. Ariat makes a very good boot.
    Date published: 2017-08-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE, LOVE, LOVE these boots !!! These boots fits like my custom Dehner's but with a super comfy footbed! I was looking for a less expensive schooling boot and am super happy with these. They fit perfectly and give great support with the fully lined shaft. I tried the Heritage dress boots which also fit perfectly, but opted for these because I wanted a stiffer boot. They broke in quickly in a couple of days. An excellent and very reasonably priced dress boot!!!
    Date published: 2017-06-02
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great everyday "intermediate" boot As I'm focusing more on dressage, I wanted a stiffer boot to help with my leg position. I tried several of the super-stiff "stove pipe" styles, and was pretty miserable. This model is an EXCELLENT in-between super stiff and super soft boots. Took just a few rides to break in, and then very comfortable! Not the best quality in the world, but very good for the price point.
    Date published: 2017-06-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really good Bought these boots for a sale price to complement or replace my "old" ones, which were much more expensive and have the second issue with zipper and stitches within 1.5 years now... The Ariat boots are in use for 3 weeks now for almost every day and work very well. Fit well and cause significantly less pain than any other tall leather boot I know.
    Date published: 2017-02-02
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Nice boots I bought these boots to use as a back up for schooling and if needed the show ring. They seem like they will do the job.
    Date published: 2016-12-30
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Affordable Dressage Boots I was looking for an affordable entry into the world of stiff dressage boots. I've found I like a stiffer boot rather than my soft field boots for dressage as I progress, slowly as it may be! :) I usually wear an 8.5 regular height regular calf in Ariat boots and a small, regular height/regular width in their half chaps. I ordered quite a few pairs of these boots to try thanks to the amazing SmartPak return policy! I found the 8.5 to be perfect. The regular height was also perfect. The regular calf was just oh so slightly too big at the top and gapped a little so I got the slims. I feel that if you have a fairly thin calf and usually go easily into a regular calf Ariat tall boot, you might prefer a slim in this boot. Keeping in mind there is elastic most of the way up the back of the boot and an elastic gusset on the inside at the top. I do expect them to stretch a bit over time. The boot itself is very stiff up the outside, which I love. The zipper is a little strange up the back of a dressage boot but I'm willing to compromise for the great sale price. Finally, there is no spur rest on these boots. No big deal for me but something to know if you ride in spurs. The spanish cuff isn't super tall but nice enough to add visual length to the leg. They are fairly comfortable to walk in. I've ridden in them twice, have some soreness behind my knees from the boot hitting but that's to be expected a bit. Overall, great price for a nice entry level boot.
    Date published: 2016-12-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super Every Day Boot Nice Enough for Show I am on my feet 8 hours a day, walking in deep sand to do turnouts in between rides. I needed a boot that was actually comfortable enough to walk in, stiff enough to ride advanced work on big moving horses, and durable. These fit the bill. Based on other reviews I ordered regular height and even with my fairly long inseam the regular is going to be plenty tall, in light of the very steep Spanish top. I don't love having zippers on the back of a boot, it irritates sensitive mares and catches the hair on very well sprung horses if you aren't dead accurate with keeping your toes in. But, I had to compromise. Front zippers just aren't as durable, and, pull on boots are brutal. So based on knowing Ariats are very comfortable boots in general, the gussets being on the outside to avoid irritating sensitive horses, and no spur rests, which also irritate sensitive horse...I bought them. I rode four horses the first day. Out of the box comfortable. I'd say the calf is on the generous side, if there's one flaw, but the shaft is stiff enough if you want to trade comfort for sleekness, which I chose to do.The foot size is true to size. The leather is nice enough and the cut is clean enough that I can use these as back up show boots if my Petrie's have a zipper emergency. I also splurged and bought the Smartpak wool compression socks and the Equigel ankle protectors(tall and cut in half based on review recommendations)=Comfort+Performance Trifecta. My feet and legs have never felt better after a long day.
    Date published: 2016-05-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice and Durable I got these boots for Christmas and have used them almost every day since. They have held up well and comfortably. They have the nice and sturdy outside to the boot which holds up nicely, and they also have a softer inside to the boot which makes it comfortable on the saddle
    Date published: 2016-03-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great tall boots Searched widely for Dressage Tall Boots, in my size. Came upon Ariat Cadence Coincidentally, my husband just replaced my generic paddock boots with Ariats. Tall boots arrived, fit perfectly from Smartpak size guide, including pinch behind the knee for drop. Tall elegance. Love them. Two questions: why no stirrup rests?- cobbler is retrofitting mine, and why is the elastic gusset on 'away from horse' (lateral) side rather than 'near the horse' (medial) side of rear zipper. (is it for no pinch?) Appreciate inner flap protecting my heel from zipper,and it from me. Nothing like it in the other pair I returned.
    Date published: 2016-01-26
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