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DeNiro Dressage Boot

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Why We Love This

Classic elegance, modern features and exceptional craftsmanship make the DeNiro Dress Boots stand out among
the crowd.

Four layers of leather on the outside of the boot provide a sturdy, "stovepipe" feel, ideally suited for the serious dressage rider. The zipper is thoughtfully positioned forward of center on the inside of the boot, allowing seemless contact between your leg and your horse, while still maintaining a streamlined silhouette. A slightly squared toe offers a subtle modern feel.

All DeNiro Boots are made with grain calfskin leather inside and out. Every boot undergoes the unique Water Resistant Advanced Treatment (WRAT) for the leather sole as well as the outside leather. The treated leather still retains it's breathability, allowing sweat to escape, while preventing outside water from seeping in. Activated Carbon Insoles have a natural antibacterial action, while the mid-sole is made of natural leather and has a high sweat absorbent power keeping your feet clean and dry. Vibram anti-slip outer soles keep your feet secure in the stirrups, even in the worst weather. Zipper is made and guaranteed by YKK.

Made in Italy.

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Key Specifications
  • Material: Grain calfskin leather
  • Style: Dress
  • Stretch Panels:


Material Grain calfskin leather
Style Dress
Type of Zipper Durable YKK zipper
Zipper Placement Positioned forward center on the inside of the boot
Footbed Activated Carbon Insoles have a natural antibacterial action
Special Features Four layers of leather on the outside of the boot provide a sturdy, "stovepipe" feel
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    DeNiro Dressage Boot is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 40.
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Beautiful boot - small sizing I bought this boot knowing the material and style are a beautiful and traditional dressage boot. Unfortunately I didn't realize the largest size (41) fits a US foot size 9.5, not the advertised 11. I am a size 10.5 and could just barely cram my foot in :( my mom a size 9- 9.5 wears the 41 comfortably. Calf and height sizing were perfect however.
    Date published: 2017-02-04
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Arrived with broken zipper . :-( I love De Niro boots -- have a well worn pair that I need to replace so I ordered these. Love the boots, and they fit but they arrived with the zipper on one of the boots already broken. I never even took that boot out of the box, and sent them back for an exchange I haven't received yet.
    Date published: 2016-12-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really Nice Boots!! I've only had them for a week, but they are so nice and not a bit uncomfortable to break in. I'm only 5'5" and ordered the medium height. They fit perfect, but I they would have been too short after they drop so I ordered the extra high. Love them so far, they look so nice!
    Date published: 2016-06-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great fit I bought these just a few weeks prior to competition and they were almost immediately comfortable. Great aid to leg position. Very pleased with these boots.
    Date published: 2016-06-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Boots Love these boots! Quality leather, fit perfect. Can't wait to ride in them:)
    Date published: 2016-05-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful boots! Comfortable foot and beautiful leather. So nice to find boots that are finally tall enough for my leg.
    Date published: 2016-05-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fit Perfectly Fit perfectly. I had been looking for a boot with an inside zipper - these boot are beautiful and a perfect fit. Love the extra slim option.
    Date published: 2016-04-09
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from High Quality Boots I have had these for about a month or so. I am very happy with the quality. The leather is very nice. I tend to be a very standard size in calf size and height. These fit perfectly. They are nice and stiff, so they give you support, with a thinner panel on the inner calf for excellent feel. As they are breaking in, they are becoming very comfortable. The price was very good and Smartpak was great to work with for a second pair for my harder to fit daughter. Hers are perfect now too. I'm really pleased!!
    Date published: 2016-03-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely wonderful boot These were my first real investment in quality dressage boots and were worth every bit- they were delivered quickly, broke in easily, and I have had them for over a year now and they still look and feel great. I know other people who bought Konigs and have had them the same length of time and theirs have already begun to wear holes. Absolutely the best and for such a reasonable price! I just ordered these for myself in the brown style now too, I can't say enough good things about these boots or smartpak!
    Date published: 2016-03-23
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love! I ordered these boots in brown last April as I wasn't sure if I'd like them so wanted to be sure before getting them for showing. I loved them so much I ordered them in black as well just received them today. And they are beautiful just like my brown pair. Easy break in and the look of a thousand dollar boot!
    Date published: 2016-03-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love those boots! Easy to break in and comfortable, those boots offer good leg support. Combination of quality leather: soft ankle, very stiff outer calf, and softer inner calf.I went down a size and they fit me well. I wish I ordered a taller option, since they drop quite a bit, but they still look great. Considering buying another pair!
    Date published: 2015-12-07
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from diniro boots The narrow calf is not extremely slim, so if your undecided, go slim calf.
    Date published: 2015-11-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best quality for a mid-price range dressage boot. These are beautiful boots and while they didn't work for me, I have a lot of details to help others. These are soft in the ankle and very stiff in the calf like traditional dressage boots should be. The boot is clearly high quality. Other reviewers noted that they were tight in the heel and narrow in the foot. I have wide feet and didn't have an issue with that, so I think most people will be okay. The issue I had and what caused me not to keep the boots was the look. I have a bigger calf (apparently XL according to their sizing) and because the boot has a narrow ankle, the look was more hunter jumper than dressage. Meaning, classic dressage boots are a little straighter up and down and hunter boots tend to show more calf and be more narrow at the ankle. My honest advice is that if you have a slender calf, then these are the best DRESSAGE boots for the price and the calf will work perfectly. If you have a bigger calf like me and want a traditional looking dressage boot, you may need to try another brand.
    Date published: 2015-11-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful boots! Great boots and outstanding customer service! I will be shopping with smart pak again!
    Date published: 2015-10-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great fit & quality This is my 2nd pair of these boots! I ride every day & I ordered a pair for schooling. I was going to order a fully custom pair for showing, but after riding in these, I decided to buy a black pair for show.The quality is excellent & the fit is almost like custom!
    Date published: 2015-07-21
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautiful Boot, challenging small details I have been professionally measured for dress boots and thought that this boot would fit the bill even though the measurements were not perfect. Out of the box, this is a gorgeous boot. The calf is wonderfully stiff, the soles, zippers, all are well made. True to another reviewer - the square toe does tend to make the footbed a bit more narrow. I ordered the sz 39, slimmest calf and the extra tall - the calf was still a little big for my 13" calves and just a tad short! I probably should have ordered the "extra-extra", however the two main dealbreakers were the zipper head pressed uncomfortably on the inside of my left knee to the point where I couldn't even comfortably wear them for more than a few minutes (such a bummer!!). Also, the ankles and calf just a bit too roomy (both issues, liklely my anatomy). So, I ended up sending them back. I'm probably a little more difficult to fit. For the $$ though, this is a nice off the shelf boot!
    Date published: 2015-07-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous semi-custom dressage boot! This boot is fantastic! I love the support they give me and now I know what the big deal is about having proper stovepipe dressage boots! The DeNiro dressage boot is stiff on the outside but has more supple leather on the inside calf. If you are used to wearing the easy to break in, softer leather zip backed dress boots that have been on the market the last 5 years, breaking in these boots may seem difficult at first.I made the huge mistake of walking around the farm in them before riding the first time I wore them. I ended up with open friction blisters on my heels by the time I finished riding! It was bad, but it was my fault. You must take the time to break them in properly.My advice is: before you take them to the barn, sparingly apply the conditioner provided with the boot to the ankle, heel and top of the foot of the boot (not the outside of the boot where it is made to be stiff). Put the boots on while you are watching TV or reading a book and flex/point/make circles with your feet repeatedly to break them in. I had to do it for 30 mins a day for a week before I could ride in them without pain. I have yet to dare to walk around the farm in them again. That said, I've had them for a month and I now love riding in them.I found the fit guide to be very helpful. I did call SmartPak's customer service to get advice since I was between sizes. They helped me pick out the perfect fit!Bottom line, if you have the opportunity to splurge on these boots do it!
    Date published: 2015-06-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Have the look of a Custom Boot I bought these for my daughter as her previous pair were done in, and show season is here. It is almost impossible to find a short dress boot, yet alone one in a wide calf. Not only does DeNiro have these, but they wisely place the zipper on the forward INNER calf where it won't have to take the abuse of a rear zipper. The wonderful Italian leather is supple, and should finish break in easily. These are a classic style that just say DRESSAGE.
    Date published: 2015-05-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely beautiful!! I ordered mine and within a week they were here, and they are absolutely gorgeous! Nice classic and elegant boots, the measurements for the sizing was very accurate, and they fit me like they're made for me! I'm tall but have small feet (5'8" and size 6-1/2 to a 7) and I went with the sevens but the multiple sizing options with calf and height they offer were perfect. Can't wait to show in these! I will definitely be ordering the brown pair to school in as soon as possible, absolutely love these boots, and appreciate the really fast service!!! Thanks smart pak!
    Date published: 2015-04-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Happy to find off the shelf boots that fit! I originally purchased the standard height on these boots and had to return for the short version. So glad I did. These boots fit like custom. They are my first pair of dressage boots. I have always had custom field boots as I ride Hunt Seat. Now adding dressage to my skill set and have been looking for an off the shelf boot that would fit my wide calf and still be short enough, as I am 5'2". I am glad I found these boots! They run true to the size chart and are well constructed. I have ridden in them now twice and there has been very little break in with them. I also love the square toe as it gives my foot more room inside. I had never heard of this brand until I found them at Smartpak. Love the return policy at Smartpak. Makes purchasing boots on line easy!
    Date published: 2015-04-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great quality!!! The quality of these boots (e.g. leather, heel construction) is fantastic!I've ridden in them about 10 times thus far. It took about 3 rides for them to drop a tiny bit and for me to learn to keep my legs down so that I didn't have any sore points.I wear a size 7 shoe and the foot bed of these boots is a little bit of a longer size 7, but I have no complaints.I'm an Intro Dressage rider who wanted traditional Dressage boots that look great!! The toes are slightly squared, which is a nice, slight contemporary touch. I got what I wanted, and they are worth the money!!Smart Pak's return policy is great, so I felt comfortable trying two pair of dressage boots before selecting these. Also, Smart Pak has free return shipping.My trainer likes them a lot and said she will consider buying a pair too. She typically purchases dressage boots that cost over double the price of these DeNiro's. In other words, their quality and appearance are stellar!!
    Date published: 2015-03-10
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from DeNiro Dressage Boot I love these boots - they look and fit great, and have broken in very quickly.
    Date published: 2015-02-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing boots The adage you get what you pay for is so true. Excellent boots. Worth the price in spades.
    Date published: 2015-01-12
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great boot!! I bought these a two weeks before Christmas, I ordered a small calf which turned out to be too large. Seamlessly SmartPak switched out the return with an extra small calf and I cannot be more pleased! The extra small was still a little large but I expected that since I'm not nearly as fit during the Winter.The quality of the leather is pretty good! I love the softer feel on the inside of the calf and then the reinforced back spine and outside of the calf. It's taken about 5 rides to break in all the way, they're great!I will say though if I want to be overly picky, the little metal DeNiro button on the top of the calf is laid on a piece of leather, one of the boot's little piece of leather is probably a millimeter too large.
    Date published: 2015-01-09
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from super quality at a great price
    Date published: 2014-08-14
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Heel is too hard and uncomfortable! I ordered these boots and think they are great quality leather and workmanship--unfortunately, the heel of the boot is really hard, and is shaped in a way that it presses into my heel and makes them impossible for me to wear for more than 5 minutes. I have had Koenig boots most of my life, and thought I would give these try…the Koenigs are not at all uncomfortable in the heel area, and I hadn't given the heel area a second thought. In these Deniro's, when you put your hand in the heel area, you can feel that the shape would cause discomfort. It's really unfortunate, as I think these boot are great in every other way. I am sending them back.
    Date published: 2014-08-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from 100% Worth it--No Regrets! I purchased these boots at the beginning of the year and have waited a few months to review, simply to see how well they held up and to prevent myself from giving a glowing review simply because they were new. Well, six months in and I STILL feel the same way about these boots as I did when I first got them.Like a few reviewers have mentioned, these boots have very little break-in time. They were comfortable right out of the box, and in addition to that, they feel as if they have been custom-made to my foot and leg. I have NEVER been so comfortable in a tall boot. I have owned Petries in the past and was never comfortable in them--in the saddle or out. DeNiros are marvelously luxurious while still maintaining the "stovepipe" feel that we look for in high quality dressage boots. I feel that I can move freely and easily apply subtle aids while still being supported.These boots are gorgeous, and you will certainly not regret the purchase! As someone who seldom splurges on myself, I do not regret this purchase in the slightest. They fit well, are comfortable, and are holding up to a fair amount of wear and high expectations! I anticipate having these boots (and, if budget allows, another pair!) for many years to come!
    Date published: 2014-06-24
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful boots Great for showing. These clean up well and look very classy. The boots are well made with quality material and they are holding up very well. The fit is great, I went off of my measurements and the size chart. There is virtually no wearing out of these boots and I have used them for over 7 months.
    Date published: 2013-07-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Non Custom Boot, Custom Fit Wow!! I LOVE these boots!! Being only 5 feet with an athletic build, I am difficult to fit so I typically order custom boots. I went with the Extra Short, extra wide size 7 DeNiro Dress Boot. They fit like they were made for me! Fast break in time, slim ankle, beautiful high Spanish top! I ride horses from training level to Grand Prix and these boots help keep my leg in perfect position. I would highly recommend these to anyone who wants an elegant boot at an affordable price!
    Date published: 2012-08-08
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from WARNING! Problems abound! Nightmare experience with these boots. I waited 4 months for them, and loved them when they FINALLY arrived. They were very very beautiful - Gorgeous stiff outer calf, super soft foot leather, and fit me like a glove. I was delighted! But then the problems started.First, the break in was excruciating. The seam where the foot meets the heel crosses directly over my ankle bone, so even though the foot leather was very soft, the SEAM was hard as iron, and was excruciating to break in. Many months of hobbling around.Then, once the ankle got soft enough where my foot fell naturally against the heel, the heel is absolute IRON. I read a review that mentioned softening the heel with a rubber mallet so I asked my boot guy and he helped me, but it didn't help at all. after 6 months of wear - and I ride 6 to 8 horses a day, so I do mean WEAR the heels are still extremely hard and painful.Finally, the top of the zipper sticks out when you are in the saddle, and it will damage your saddle!Also, the snap will unsnap when you are riding and the zipper will unzip.I took these boots first to my local boot repair place, and finally sent them to Wellington Florida to a REALLY Good boot guy! In my opinion the best in the country! He said they were a "disaster!". His opinion was that the zipper was placed so far forward that no matter what you were going to have problems with the top of the zipper. He also could not believe how much hardware there was at the top of the boot. There is a huge mound of leather there! A big bumpy snap, and then a huge metal tassle sticking out to rub and scratch your saddle.After months of effort to break in these boots, and sending them to a VERY reputable and experienced shop...... I am giving up. The boots are very painful, and they still unzip while I am riding. Ridiculous. They are the most beautiful boots! But they're a wreck.The only saving grace is that Smart Pak has been AMAZING and says they will STILL taking them back, after all this. Thank you smartpak! Go with something else. Save yourself.
    Date published: 2012-04-01
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