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The Ariat V Sport Zip Tall Boot is the cornerstone of classic equestrian tradition and is designed for peak performance whether you’re in the show ring or schooling at home. This full-grain leather boot has a contoured fit through the ankle and a high Spanish-cut topline that gives you a sleek, tailored look and elasticized panels for a customized fit. The Ariat V Sport Zip Tall Boot features Ariat’s ATS technology footbed that offers optimal stability and all-day comfort with a moisture-wicking lining to keep your feet dry and comfortable, a gel cushion footbed with a heel stabilizer for maximum shock absorption and support, and a specialized shank that provides three times the support of traditional boot shanks. A tough Duratread® outsole finishes off this boot that is crafted to deliver equestrian excellence through advanced performance, fit, and design.

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  • Contoured fit through ankle gives a sleek, tailored look
  • Elasticized panels create a customized fit
  • Full length YKK back zip makes it easy to get the boots on and off
  • High Spanish cut topline provides an elegant look that makes your leg appear longer
  • Duratread® outsole is built for life at the barn
  • Moisture-wicking sock liner keeps your feet dry and comfortable
  • Gel-cushioned footbed with heel stabilizer absorbs shock and provides support
  • Lightweight composite forked shank enhanced stability
Key Specifications
  • Material: Full-grain leather
  • Style: Field
  • Stretch Panels: Lateral side panel
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Premium full grain leather shaft with perforations make this boot soft to the touch; Gore stretch panel allow for generous fit; Elasticized instep provides more mobility and flex through foot and ankle;  If between calf measurements, opt for smaller calf; V Sport makes a great option for a rider wanting more accommodation through the foot of the boot

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  •  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
  •  You 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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Specifications

Material Full-grain leather
Style Field
Type of Zipper Full length zipper
Zipper Placement Back
Stretch Panels Lateral side panel
Footbed ATS Technology
Special Features Oiled leather inner calf panel, full leather lining with moisture-wicking sock liner, Duratread outsole, high Spanish cut topline, contoured ankle
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    Ariat® V Sport Zip Tall Boot - Black is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 141.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice fit in the ankle These boots are comfortable. However they are made in China! I am not happy to see that. I'm still debating on keeping them. The back zipper leather trim sticks out a bit which looks a bit off. The calf is a little big, but it fits everywhere else quite nicely. The height hopefully will drop a bit, as they are a wee bit too tall. The only reason I wouldn't recommend these is because they are made in China, find something else.
    Date published: 2018-10-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from SO comfy!! I bought these boots a little less than a month ago, and I can hardly fathom how amazing they are. They broke in after about the 4th/5th ride! They felt almost too comfy right out of the box( didn’t think that was possible). The leather is such good quality and stretched to the size of my foot nicely. My feet are wider, and I thought they would be too narrow, but they aren’t! I school in these and show in them! I got the blue top, and it’s not distracting at all, it’s nice and dark. The perforated leather isn’t a problem to clean either! They were nice to zip up and didn’t get stuck like other boot zippers tend to do. I’m 5’5” with slim, muscular legs, and I usually wear a 9.5 shoe, but I got the 9 regular height, medium width, and they’re perfect! The price was a bit much for me, but I figured I’d splurge for a pair of good quality boots, but then they ended up on sale when I got them!
    Date published: 2018-08-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gorgeous boots! I've been looking for a long timeto find a pair of tall boots that weren't quite as dressy as the standard and that had the versatility in sizes and these fit the bill!
    Date published: 2018-07-25
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Boot! Ive waited for over a year to purchase this boot-they fit beautifully and I love the bit of blue at the top!
    Date published: 2018-07-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Look, Super Comfortable I bought these boots about a month ago and they are definitely a step up from the Ariat Heritage Field Boots and not much higher of a price. Very easy to zip. I would recommend a half size down from your normal everyday shoe size as Ariat usually runs a 1/2 size big. Great spur keeper. Leather is soft. Barely any break-in time. Perfect for jumper/eventers probably a little too fashion forward for hunters.
    Date published: 2018-07-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Surprisingly good fit! I bought these Ariats for everyday riding at home. Honestly I think they are more comfortable than my custom boots! They look good, feel good and are decent quality for the money. Hopefully they will hold up over time. Don't hesitate to try these!
    Date published: 2018-06-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Comfortable dressage everyday boot Great product fits perfect I am 6’1 and it’s didficult to find boots that fit like a glove these do
    Date published: 2018-06-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from So far, so good A very comfortable boot. Zero breakin discomfort! Hopefully they hold up as well as most Ariat boots do.
    Date published: 2018-06-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this boot These boots are sooo comfortable. I just love them already and they aren't even broken in! As an added bonus, I had to wade through a creek on foot on a recent trail ride and about 20 min later I noticed that my feet never got wet even though I was in water up to my ankles.I would definitely recommend these. This was money well spent.
    Date published: 2018-05-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful boot Got these a week ago. The boot is beautifully made. Fits like custom. Super soft and comfortable the first time I rode in them. Clean right up with a damp cloth. Have gotten many compliments. Great styling. Footbed feels like a comfortable shoe,not like a boot.
    Date published: 2018-05-14
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wide calf.. isnt. Got these as a gift . My calf, with breeches, measures 15 1/2. The pair I have are "wide". However, they measure 15 1/4 on the OUTSIDE and 14 1/4 on the INSIDE (after 15 times ridden in). They have not stretched AT ALL. The toe box does not come in wide width and measures 3 1/4 inche's on the sole at the widest point. Even after 3 mos in a stretcher, they cut off circulation. They are beautiful and we'll made but beware if your calf is more than 14 and you have a wide foot.
    Date published: 2018-05-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Handsome I am very happy with the fit and look . I wanted something that moved on from half chaps. These are not overwhelming and getting more comfortable and easier to get on.
    Date published: 2018-04-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gorgeous boot I’ve ridden just a few times in my new boots and I really like them. Short break in period and now they are very comfortable. Super nice looking.
    Date published: 2018-04-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Comfortable Comfortable from day one. Looks nice. Great book for schooling,local shows
    Date published: 2018-03-31
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Quality and Looks I bought these boots about a month ago and have been breaking them in slowly. Just to preface, I am 5'1 and can never and I mean never find a boot that fits my short wide calf correctly. Surprisingly these boots are probably as close as I'm going to get without paying for a $1000 custom pair. The sole is comfortable like a sneaker and rides really well in the stirrup. As for the overall fit of the boot: the ankle is a bit narrow but still flexible, the calf is too tall for my leg, however, stretches comfortably while riding. The Look and quality of the boot are both excellent for the price, soft leather, and make my short legs look 10x longer! I would expect the zipper to be of better more durable quality (work on that Ariat!) Going to see how they work out for the rest of the year!
    Date published: 2018-03-28
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Wrong color I ordered these boots in black and when they arrived the top of the boot was blue. Smartpak really needs to change their color choice options to clarify which boot has the blue. I had also paid to have these sent expedited shipping so lost that $ which Smart refused to refund. This could have easily been avoided if Smartpak would have just indicated the "blue" option in the first place....very disappointed.
    Date published: 2018-03-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love this boot! Buying boots is always tough but I adore these. The were comfortable from the moment that I put them on and I feel like I'm walking around in sneakers. There is only a small drop and that happened within a week. The footbed is not traditional looking so while I would show in these, my trainer would rather I didn't (she's very traditional). I haven't had any problem with the zipper dropping. The ankle is not quite as stiff and snug as I like but that's just cosmetic and hard to avoid without buying a custom boot. It also makes the boot more comfortable so it's a trade off.
    Date published: 2018-02-23
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Boots I love these boots - if they would just have a calf width to fit! So soft and very comfortable on the foot.
    Date published: 2018-02-21
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good boot I got these as a Christmas present because my other boots were giving out. They're very comfortable and very pretty, but as they've broken in they are very baggy around the ankle, which make it hard to use your leg properly. Occasionally the zippers fall down because there is no leather piece to keep the zipper in place. A good schooling boot.
    Date published: 2018-02-09
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very comfortable! I just bought these boots and instantly felt comfortable. I usually have trouble with my foot not fitting right , but these boots fit perfect.
    Date published: 2018-02-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Comfortable for all day riding I’ve had these boots for 21/2 years & I love them. I bought them instead of another pair of half chaps for lessons & schooling. Wore them to a show out of the box - all day, concrete, dirt, mud, muck. Clean up well after every use. I’m an amateur but I ride 3-4 horses, 4 days a week. Love these boots!
    Date published: 2018-01-28
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Don't last long under regular use Having owned the Volant S, I was excited about these boots. For comfort, if you are in boots all day, these are great. Nice for warmer weather. However, even with good care, mine lasted 9 months. Leather is thin and wore through at the toe bend. Zipper broke at the ankle where it wears from drop. If you are only in them a few hours a week these might be an option. But for full-timers, find a sturdier boot.
    Date published: 2018-01-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Comfortable and sporty! I hemmed and hawed forever about purchasing these and I am glad I did. They break in fairly quickly. I love the spur rest. And they fit like a glove! Shout out to Smartpak customer service - I bought the wrong size and had to exchange them. SP was super helpful and prompt!!
    Date published: 2018-01-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Boot, Custom Feel I absolutely love these boots. The perforated leather on the outside of the calf has a very high-end look (despite the lower price), and the leather on the inside calf is soft with tons of grip, which has helped my leg position immensely. As far as sizing, I found they run a little big. I'm normally an 8.5-9, and the 9 was so big in the toe (even with thick socks) that I returned for the 8.5, which fit great. I've been a wide in other boots and opted for the full option (between regular and wide calf), which was the right choice for me. They have a very thick sole, which took a little time to get used to, as I couldn't feel the stirrup as well as with my other boot. But it's worth it for how comfortable they are. I read in another comment that after the break-in process, they fit like custom boots, and I would completely agree - just be prepared to spend several uncomfortable rides getting there.
    Date published: 2018-01-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fits great!! These boots are super comfortable! Tall boots have always been a tough fit for me but the slim short fit perfect .
    Date published: 2017-11-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect Boot I have loved Ariat boots for years--they just fit my foot. I usually take a 7.5, but these sport boots fit me in 7 (so they run large). This one fits my foot and leg like a glove. This boot has a great look, little dressier than usual "barn boot", but not like a show boot. I like that spiffy look! The boot took NO break-in period. Its comfortable, cleans up easily, and makes you look like you know what you are doing....
    Date published: 2017-11-20
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Good quality but one boot was wider than the other Sadly, I had to return the boot due to the left boot being 3/4" narrower at the calf than the right boot; which, meant it didn't fit properly. I would've kept it otherwise, as it's a beautiful boot, well-made and comfortable. I've ordered many an Ariat riding boot and never encountered this issue, so it's probably a fluke. I guess we'll see when I receive the exchange.
    Date published: 2017-11-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very comfortable right out of the box! I bought these boots a month ago and they fit great right out of the box!
    Date published: 2017-11-12
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing These boots never needed any time to break in. Also the fit amazingly
    Date published: 2017-11-10
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Stylish but very odd fit and break in Love the look of these and the blue is really a nice touch. I've ridden in these for a few weeks now and they seem to be breaking in oddly. The ankle area is already very wrinkled and drooping, causing blisters at the heel while the top behind the knee still has a lot of drop needed and is very tight. The fit issues are problematic but since I've ridden in them praying for good break in, I'll be keeping them and just using them sparingly for shows.
    Date published: 2017-10-17
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