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Ariat Capriole Lace Up Dressage Boot - Black

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The Ariat Capriole Lace Up Dressage Boot full-front lace boot features ATS® technology for incredible stability and durability for all-day comfort in the irons or on the ground. Exquisitely crafted from premium full-grain leather, with a full-leather lining that hugs the contours of your leg to create an elongated, elegant silhouette. Refined styling details such as a high Spanish cut topline finishes the professional look.

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    Ariat Capriole Lace Up Dressage Boot - Black is rated 3.3 out of 5 by 6.
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Really cute, but.... I bought these boots a few months ago, and while they’re super cute and well made, they’re extremely uncomfortable! The sizing is kinda weird, but I feel like Ariats are always weird. I was really surprised that a medium calf in these fit me just right, because normally Ariat wide calves aren’t wide enough! Weird! So I got lucky and got the right size on the first try. Unfortunately instead of breaking in, I feel like they’re getting worse with every ride. Today I wore them to an event and by the time I got my horse unloaded and tacked up, they had rubbed a blister on the back of my heel. After 4 hours in the saddle with these on, the backs of my heels are raw. The plus side is that the discomfort is a great reminder to check your leg position. If it isn’t painful, you aren’t doing something right. Lol.... Also be aware that the dye comes off on the inside. Yes it was hot today so I was sweaty and stanky. But when I took my boots off, I was surprised that from the calf down my breeches are now purple. So, I’m keeping these boots because they’re pretty and I’m a glutton for punishment so they probably are the perfect boot for me. I wouldn’t recommend these as a practical, everyday boot because they’re kinda the equivalent of taking a cheese grader to your foot, but they’re cute to wear out occasionally when you wanna look a little extra. And if you do order them, definitely order from SmartPak because their return policy is handy if you order the wrong size!
    Date published: 2019-06-30
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Beautiful, but flawed I completely agree with the person who said that the boots did not meet in the front, yet had a large "bubble" in the back for the calf. How could a boot be both too big in the calf, but at the same time, be too small in the calf so that they do not close in the front? For those of us with "muscular" calves, these boots were supposed to be the answer to our woes. In fact, I purchased the winter version of these boots. They fit perfectly, I absolutely loved them, and begged for a version is regular season boots. What went wrong? Clearly, this is a case of form over function.
    Date published: 2019-04-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome boots I bought these boots about 3 weeks ago. I absolutely love them! Not only are they unique but they keep my leg straight without all the bruises and discomfort of most tall boots let alone “dressage” boots. The break in time was zero. They fit pretty much the same as my Ariat Crowne Pros with the exception of the front of the ankle where they are a bit stiffer than typical tall field boots. I wear these to lesson in, hack and around town. Get compliments on them every time I wear them. And I love the laces up the front because they are adjustable making for a customizable fit and I can loosen them if I gain a few lbs. The footbed of these is not uncomfortable but certainly not comfortable. Just need to get a couple of inserts.
    Date published: 2019-04-16
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Who thought hook laces were a good idea? I have small feet and a long leg. So lace up boots are great for me. As most boots that fit my feet do not fit my calves. I haven't seen a lace up boot in a while and waiting for one to come out to replace my old tired lace ups. When I saw this I ordered these right away. I was so disappointed when I took them out of the box. They should have used eyes for the lacing not hooks. These hooks are a hazard to many things. They can hook on each other or other things in the environment to trip the wearer. Or they can scratch your equipment (saddle, leathers, etc). I am baffled that this was even thought of as a good idea. I feel like a non-rider designed these boot. The sizing of the foot was true to size, but the calf was extremely narrow, even with the lace up, it barely closed. The quality is good and it is a well made boot, and gorgeouse to look at. It's just not a practical riding boot. Sadly I will have to return these.
    Date published: 2019-04-12
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Truly Gorgeous Boot I purchased this boot after seeing it on instagram and am so glad I did! It is such a beautiful and unique boot. It is definitely slightly stiffer due to the nature of a dressage boot but has already broken in after my first wear. Beautiful leather and hardware and nice adjustability with the front lace system.
    Date published: 2019-03-20
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from The good, the bad and the disappointing. Just got these and tried these on. I was VERY excited about these boots for too many reasons to list. FIT: My calf is between 15.5 and 15.75 depending on breeches, workout routines etc. I got the Full (size 9, so should measure 15 at the smallest) and they were a good 2 inches from closing. The strange part was that there was really weird gaping on the calf along the zipper too... its like there was enough room BUT the calves are such a weird shape they were both too large and too small at the same time. I have Volant S's and a pair of mountain horses and they all fit according to the chart and like a dream. I hate to be the bearer of bad news but it looks like this boot is going to be a big miss in the fit department for most people, I'm betting you'll see it on deep discount in a year or less. QUALITY: The leather and sole are exactly the same as the Heritage boots so don't expect comfort or leather quality that will make you say "wow" either. Basically you're paying for the style (which I understand! They are BEAUTIFUL). COLOR: They also have this purple trim.... that is visible.... I'm a strictly conservative color kinda gal so I was pretty unhappy about this not being shown or stated anywhere. Super disappointed. Thanks for trying Ariat but these are a 100% miss in my book.
    Date published: 2019-03-14
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