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Ariat Vortex Tall Boot

Ariat International, Inc.
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The Ariat Vortex 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.



Favorite Features

  • Premium calf leather upper
  • 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



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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    Ariat Vortex Tall Boot is rated 3.6 out of 5 by 5.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cool Boot Overall, these are some pretty nice (and expansive) boots. I love the zipper placement, the Spanish top, and the rainbow nitro footbed. However, the rainbow gets scratched and scuffed SUPER easily (I haven't had these boots for very long and it's already pretty destroyed from walking on a well- maintained dirt road) so I would recommend, if you care deeply about the rainbow (like me) then buy some shoe covers to protect them. They are also a little funky to take on and off so I'd recommend using a shoe horn so the leather doesn't get a weird crease. Other than that, these are some pretty sweet boots and I can't wait to show in them!
    Date published: 2017-12-28
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Some neat, some not so neat These are really fun boots. I love the sneaker bed of the Vortex and Volants, and the different styling of these boots are just neat. However- within one ride, part of my zipper broke. The leather on the top of my left boot looks a little wrinkly. The cool metallic bottoms have also been scuffed up significantly by stirrups. And the sizing was an absolute PAIN to figure out, particularly given how tough these are to get on and off the first few times. I was a full calf in the Volants, and had to size up for these. They're cool boots, but I'm a little sad given how much $$ they were... Still, I'd recommend them!
    Date published: 2017-10-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice upgrades. So comfortable and sporty. I bought these when my Volants didn't hold up. They are like Volants but nicer. Feels like wearing a running shoe. Great flexibility in the ankle-- the cut allows heels down more easily than any other boots I've had. The only unusual thing I found with the sizing is that I'm not usually a 'tall' but the 'regular was too short for me. The 'tall' was just right.
    Date published: 2017-09-21
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Ugly Boots I don't know why I thought these boots would be more attractive in person than they are in the picture.... they're not. I'm not sure how Ariat went so far off the mark on this one, when they usually make such a great product. Even if I could get over the restrictive ankle of the boot (I know, I know... new boots are stiff, but the ankles in these take that to a WHOLE new level!) I couldn't believe I'd spent $600 on what basically looks like the cheap therapeutic shoes I bought to wear when I was waitressing. To anyone considering these boots, all I can say is DON'T DO IT! There are so many better Ariat options available.
    Date published: 2017-03-30
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Sizing is off If you are planning on ordering the new Ariat Vortex or Vortex S offset zipper boot, please be aware that the Sizing Guide is off. Following the Guide, I ordered the same size in the Vortex as I do in other Ariat tall boots (9 R/S). The footbed sizing and the height were on-point; however, the calf measurement is way off. Once I got past the extremely narrow ankle area, I could not get the zipper edges to even meet, let alone close. The Vortex is not offered in a Short height that will work for me. I don't find the use of heel lifts to accommodate a too-tall boot to be very effective -- think of it: lifting your heels while attempting to keep your heels down while riding. I also found that, if heel lifts are used temporarily in too tall boots just until the boot drops, the resulting ankle creases are inevitably in the wrong location once the lifts are removed. Other than the inaccuracy of the Sizing Guide, the quality of the leather and workmanship seemed fine. (Styling-wise, I prefer the Vortex S.) I do applaud Ariat's attempts to come up with a tall boot sans rear zipper (due to the resultant pressure along the Achilles tendon). I am disappointed they have limited their sizing options with this one.
    Date published: 2017-03-07
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