Western & English Today

MAR 2015

W&E Today provides retailers and manufacturers with education and ideas that provoke innovation in the Western and English markets.

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22 Western & English Today EARLY SPRING 2015 Boot manufacturers from the Emerald Isle to mainland Europe are poised to meet increasing demand from U.S. equestrians. by Stephanie Stephens T here's just something so special about saying, "It's from Europe," whether the comment pertains to a Dutch warmblood or a gorgeous pair of tall boots. Somehow, obtaining a treasured possession from across the pond inherently imparts a coveted sense of style and fashion know-how. As the best-dressed like to say, you can't look elegant in inexpensive fabrics or ill-ftting clothing. Te same is true of tall boots, assert disciples of international lines who profess "there's just something about" them that makes heads turn as perfectly ftted feet and legs stroll by — sometimes with a sparkle or two onboard. Tat seemingly indefnable bit of pizzazz seems to add a few extra inches of clearance over the Swedish oxer, or a higher score for that grand prix freestyle. If you haven't done so already, you may want to say "Yes," "Ja" and "Sì" to stocking European riding boots in your store. Options abound generally for you as a retailer and for your customers, as the international boot market grows exponentially due to increasing demand. Te bottom line seems to be that if you can dream it, you can wear it. Boot manufacturers strive to exceed customer expectations, providing a wide array of stock, semi-custom and custom boots. Note that prices may be approximate and may change slightly from what we state here. THE BRITISH, IRISH AND EUROPEAN INVASION DUBARRY OF IRELAND

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