Ariat Performer Nitro Lace Paddock Boot is rated
Rated 3 out of
Good god these are heavy! I wasn't expecting that to be a huge issue when looking for water resistant, lace-up paddock boots but it's like going from ballet flats to Doc Martens compared to my... something mountain? - it's worn off - boots from high school 15 years ago. I wanted something that wouldn't leave my knees sore after traipsing around the fairgrounds on concrete, but the soles on these feel super thick - I'm worried about having a good feel of the stirrup. I haven't ridden in them yet because I want to be able to return them. If my old boots were like Chuck Taylors, these are like high-cushion running shoes and what I want is like volleyball shoes - decent support, but you can still feel what's under your feet. I tried these because they are hands down the most attractive lace-up, waterproof riding boots I could reasonably afford, Ariat seems to have a good reputation, and my slightly narrow feet measure 9.25 inches exactly, but these feel clunky and I don't think it's just that the leather isn't broken in yet. The leather is actually softer than I expected. I wish manufacturers/retailers would pick a size and list the weight (as is frequently done with footwear for other sports) so I could tell if this is just an issue with this brand or with waterproof boots or what. Anyway, I was hoping to buy one pair of boots for horse stuff that could basically do it all, but I'm not convinced this is it or that such boots exist within reach of mere mortals.
Date published: 2021-04-22
Rated 3 out of
The sizing of Ariat products has always been accurate for me. For the Ariat boots, I always wear a size 7 1/2. So I was surprised that these boots are actually running large...and they are too heavy for what I have in mind (outdoor riding in the warmer New England weather). I wish I hadn't worn them to ride 3 times already. I thought at first they would be ok though. They break in real easy but then I needed to wear heavier sox. I wish I knew this sooner and I would have returned them and tried the Ariat Ascent paddock boots which seem to be lighter for the spring/summer hacking that I have in mind...
So I think the boots are good if you try a half size smaller and if you are not looking for a lightweight paddock boot to wear through the summer months like I am.
Date published: 2020-05-20
Rated 5 out of
This boot is a step up from the Heritage Paddock that I have worn for years and love. The Nitro version features additional padding around the top of the boot and tongue. The sole has a great shock resistant sole. They were a little stiff at first, but are quickly becoming my favorite boots.
Date published: 2020-02-27
Rated 5 out of
I bought these a few months ago and love them, they are so comfy!
Date published: 2019-09-05