Initial impression of the black Milano Field Boots tested on long calves with skinny ankles

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Felix Bühler Milano Field Boots: first impressions

Buying long boots has always been a challenge for me. I have long calves and skinny ankles. Consequently, long boots often look like ankle-high waders.

Although there are features that I’m dubious about, the Felix Buhler Field Boots caught my eye because of their understated elegance. There’s no bling, but there is contrasting leather with a snakeskin effect around the laces. The zip runs along the back of the calf, and instead of finishing above your heel making it tricky to get your foot in, it finishes below with a tidy press stud wrapover to allow you to wear spurs without the zip being compromised. The design has clearly been thought through.

The issue I’ve always had with laced boots though, is that my spur strap ends up severing the laces over time and, as the leather is gloriously soft, I am concerned the boots won’t keep their beautiful shape. I guess the proof will be in the riding.

Buy now: Felix Bühler Milano Field Boots

Verdict

The tester's initial impression is that the boots are elegant but wonders if the design will hold up to work