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late Spring 2014 Western & English Today 37 tuffrider ed of polyurethane to retain its buoyancy and not break down over time. "It (footbed) is actually built a little better than a running shoe insert. It's incredibly comfortable," McCarron says. "It's truly a su- perior footbed versus what the competition is ofering." Munroe does stress, however, that Justin wanted to maintain a very refned, sleek look to its boots without sacrifcing comfort. "In other brands, we've noticed a sacrifce in the aesthetics to provide comfort," she says. "We wanted to maintain that elegant, refned look, while adding additional comfort features." Justin uses a sof calf-like leather that presents the look of calf- skin at a lower price point. McCarron says that Justin used the highest-quality back zipper on the market (upper 10 YKK), and it even added a zipper keeper with a snap for extra security. Justin's paddock boots have the same outsole and footbed as those of the tall boot, and the double lateral and medial gore maintains the shape for life. Justin extended the leather from each quarter to cover the zipper teeth to eliminate dirt and debris from infltrating the zipper. As with the feld boot, the back spur rest is made of TPU (thermo-plastic urothene) to allow more longevity in the spur rest. Justin's half-chaps, available in black or chocolate, have the same gripping material on the inside of the calf that the feld boot has for added security in the saddle. "We've also included a stretch panel in the back on both sides, so the chaps are more versatile to be worn with jeans or breeches," Munroe says. "We did a back zip design on the half-chap to pro- vide a more traditional look. So when riders combine our pad- dock boots with our half-chaps, the appearance is quite similar to that of the tall boots." MSRPs: Field boot: $280; paddock boot: $144; Half-chap: $164. tuffrider (JPC Equestrian) • (570) 708-5723 • tufridercom T he new Wellesley from tufrid- er ofers the look and feel of a custom boot, yet it retails for less than $300. Crafed of butter-sof leather, it's a boot both stylish and com- fortable — and defnitely a boot that can not only work well in any English riding discipline but also do double duty as a fashion boot for an elegant evening out. Te Spanish-top boot features a full back zipper with a snap button enclosure at the top and bottom. A discreet rubber spur shelf is functional but doesn't disrupt the clean, classic line of the boot, which is accented by a traditional stitched toe cap. Te zipper enclosure and a supe- rior stretch panel allow for the com- fortable, custom ft around the calf and ankle that generally isn't attainable at such a low price. A range of fts — X-Slim, Slim, Regular and Wide — and sizes from 6 to 11 fur- ther enhance the custom look, as well as the comfort, of these boots. MSRP: $279.95. mountain horse (866) 569-1600 • mountainhorseusa.com M ountain horse, revered for its elegant yet sturdy boots, is ofering two new innovative boots that were constructed for durability, ideal grip and shock ab- sorption. Te Venice Jr. Field Boot, re- plete with a strong, durable full-length ykk Vislon back zipper, also has a cov- ered, inside elastic gusset for additional comfort. Tis boot has eight sets of eyelets with fxed elastic lacing, a spur rest, an er- gonomically designed removable EVA in- sole and two removable insoles. Te sole system has a built-in steel shank for increased stabili- ty, and the heel is ftted with IPS shock-absorbing technolo- gy — a beneft whether riders are in or out of the saddle. A durable and slim-contoured outsole has dirt-repellent tread zones and also provides for an enhanced grip in the stirrups. Mountain Horse's Carbon Boa gives paddock boots a new edge with its Boa lacing system and Carbon Tech outsole. Tis paddock also has a sleek aerodynamic-inspired design, featuring Boa dial-in lace technology. Tis feature (with dial-in-motion) ofers secure and comfortable individual lacing while evenly dis- persing metatarsal pressure. Te boots also has a Carbon Tech outsole, with weight-reducing heel sides, along with an ergonom- ic arch, supported by frame technology. Further, this paddock has a full 360-degree foot component, equipped with multi-layered Gel Tech Optimum shock-absorb- ing technology, specifcally engineered to reduce fatigue in a rid- er's feet, knees and back. MSRPs: Venice Jr. Field Boot: $189; Carbon Boa Paddock: $249. tredstep ireland +353 1 2950598 • tredstep.com A idan Keogh, a designer for tredstep ireland, fttingly named his assembly of boots Te Renaissance Collection, as he believes in maintaining the quintessential style of the classical English riding boot. "I always have a very specifc design aesthetic in mind for our products," Keogh says. "But there's a practical approach to every- thing we do as well — meaning we try to look at things like ft, style and materials from the rider's point of view." Te frst boot to debut in the collection was the Da Vinci feld boot, which fuses innovative design with elegant lines and is made of Italian calfskin leather with a full-grain leather lining. Te boot's full-length rear zipper is supported by a fexible spine to maintain the boot's height; plus, the Da Vinci has a classic Eu- ropean topline, side spur rests and a zip guard. Te Da Vinci is also replete with Tredstep's Pro-Flex design mountain horse 0514 English Riding Boots.indd 37 4/24/14 11:37 AM