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Ariat Vortex S Tall Boot

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Why We Love This

The Ariat Vortex S Tall Boot is the latest addition to the Ariat Sport Tall Boot collection! Delivering advanced performance, fit and design. Premium European leather combined with high-tech detailing creates a superior, ergonomic boot with unmatched comfort for the uncompromising equestrian athlete.


Ariat Boots Trees also available!

Favorite Features

  • Premium calf leather upper
  • Snake print cuff and flexion area
  • Behind-the-knee mobility curve
  • Stretch lining for comfort
  • Full-length elasticized panel on lateral side for enhanced flexibility
  • Oiled leather inner calf panel
  • Premium Nitro™ technology that delivers a lightweight combination of flexibility and engineered support that cushions and stabilizes the foot for flawless performance
  • Duratread™ outsole with rider-tested traction zones for maximum wear resistance
  • Full-length premium coiled zipper with updated positioning for a better fit
  • Revolutionary Shock Shield™ technology provides shock absorption for all-day comfort


Key Specifications
  • Material: Leather
  • Style: Field
  • Stretch Panels: Yes
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Vortex Fit Tips

Watch our fit video for further tips and tricks about this exciting new boot!

The unique contour of the Vortex zipper will take trying tall boots on to a new level.

Entry into the Vortex is like picking up your stirrups.  Instead of using a straight motion like you would with other boots, turn your toe in and allow your heel to slide into the boot with the provided shoe horn.

Place the shoe horn at the top of the leather tongue.  Use the shoe horn against your heel and step down into the boot.  As the foot enters the boot, pull the shoe horn out.

As the zipper zips around the curve of the ankle, it may feel snug a first.  Before trying the boot on, you may want to warm up the stretch gore to get it ready for your leg.  Since we want tall boots to fit very close to the leg, you may need your other hand to guide the leather together to continue to zipper.  Once the stretch gore wears in, you won’t have to do this anymore.

If zipping feels awkward, try putting a shoe string through the zipper tab to pull the zipper up.

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Sizing Chart for Ariat Vortex S Tall Boot
Material Leather
Style Field
Type of Zipper YKK
Zipper Placement Back
Stretch Panels Yes
Footbed Nitro
Ariat Vortex S Tall Boot is rated 3.3 out of 5 by 12.
Rated 2 out of 5 by from STILL WAITING FOR REPLACEMENT BECAUSE OF DEFECT Bought the boots for my daughter for Christmas and they arrived with a defective zipper. The zipper was totally off the track! I was told to return and request for the exact replacement. Haven’t seen anything yet.
Date published: 2020-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love these! I have had mine for 6 months. Agree the sizing is a little off but (with SmartPak's patience) I finally got it. So comfortable I wear them around the barn out of the saddle. Coming back now for a back up pair! (Footbed is to die for!) I did not have the zipper issues that others mention...?
Date published: 2019-10-22
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Hard to put on, zipper separated! The leather was soft and supple and they looked great. I finally figured out how to put one on with a shoe horn (who has one of those anymore??), but then I zipped it up. It was tight (not crazy tight) on my calf - when I simply stood up, the zipper separated!! I was able to pull it all the way apart to get my foot out, then it zipped down and back up. I returned them with code "too small" AND "defective."
Date published: 2019-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love mine! Have been riding in them for 6 months ... Yes, the sizing is a little off, but I found it was with everything I tried. These are COMFORTABLE with virtually NO break in ... and they look great too!
Date published: 2019-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful boot! I love these! The first time I put them on, I wasn't too sure. The calf was way too tight and they were really pushing into my knee and felt too tall behind the knee. Reminded me of back in the old days when the boots were just expected to be uncomfortable for a while until they broke in and settled. But within one wearing, they settled and conformed to me for a very comfortable fit! The next time I put them on it was like they were custom made for me. Absolutely perfect and super comfortable. Wore them to their first show last weekend and got SO MANY compliments and people asking who made them for me. Love them, love them, love them!
Date published: 2019-05-12
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Sizing for this boot is bonkers I tried these at a local tack shop and found the foot bed to be SUPER comfortable, and I loved the look, but they didn't have my size so I ordered a 9 1/2 Slim Medium from Smartpak. Unfortunately they were huge in the ankle and probably a 1/4 inch to big in the calf, so I then tried the 9 ST on advice from Smartpak. This fit my ankle and calf perfectly, but the spanish top was a full inch too tall, so I then sent back for a 9 SM. Somehow, even though it was still a 9 Slim, The medium height had boa constrictor tight ankles, even though the calf fit fine. I actually lost feeling in my foot after wearing them for a minute. I even went back to a different local store to see if I could find a combo that worked, but their 9 slims had the same baggy ankle that I started with. I am bummed they aren't more consistent in the sizing bc these are well made and great looking! Smartpak was awesome through this whole process.
Date published: 2019-01-25
Rated 1 out of 5 by from beautiful boot but beware of design zipper flaw because the boot has a diagonal sweep zipper around back on leg it does not want to zip, even with no leg in it! Buy the volants, better design and quality!
Date published: 2018-12-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this boot!! I've had my eye on this boot for a while and finally decided to go for it, so glad I did! The entry system takes some attention the first couple times but then you get the hang of it and its easy and comfortable to slip on and off. Break in time was minimal and it is so comfortable I was able to wear it all day walking around the barn in between horses. thank you ariat, I really love my vortex!!
Date published: 2018-11-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointing! Was so excited to buy these boots! I love the more sleek and professional look of the Vortex S compared to the Vortex, and I LOVE the snake skin detailing. I was assured by ariat that there was no difference between the two with the exception of the snake detailing and the placement of the flex panel. This is incorrect. The shaft of the boot is completely different. The back of the boot comes all the way to the back of the knee making movability difficult and is very uncomfortable. It also takes away from the Spanish top. They are also not true to size. I am a regular calf, tall, and these are the circumference of a slim calf. On top of that, the tip of the zipper broke clean off as I was zipping them up. I just got them today, but will be returning immediately. I am very disappointed Ariat.
Date published: 2018-11-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Uncomfortable but nice looking I got these boots as a Christmas present but I went into the store to get fited for my size. I cannot comment on the break in time or durability yet but they are not comfortable to walk in and even less comfortable to ride in. I have every thin ankles and a size 9 and slim calf. The zipper pushes into my foot and they bunch up very painfully by the outside of my foot. When I put my heals down on anything (stairs, stirrups, etc) my heal does not touch the bottom of the shoe even with heal lifts (they might even make it worse) I need heal lifts because my leg is to short for regular but to long for short. The heal lifts do help. They side zipper makes them look very nice but it make it very uncomfortable and VERY HARD to zip. I tried on other Ariat boots and the slim calf was PERFECT for me but on these it is a tiny bit to small (hopefully breaking them in will help) To sum the boots up: 1) they are very painfully on my ankle 2) they look nice 3) the calf is more slim that other boots 4) I attached a picture of the bunching but it is not very good quality
Date published: 2017-12-25
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