If you can get your hands on a pair of the best long leather riding boots within your budget you won’t look back. The craftsmanship and elegant styles combined with quality materials and technical features seen in some of the best boots on sale make for beautiful and comfortable boots that allow you to perform at your best.
Some brands offer a wide range of sizes to accommodate a very wide range of legs, while others go as far as supplying a complete custom fit. You can also find boots that can be customised in more ways than you could imagine, which is great if you’re looking to create something that’s really unique. Consider what styles you prefer, whether you’re after dress boots or field boots, and think about how much you have to spend. If you’re looking for a winter-specific boot, check out our guide to the best winter riding boots.
Here’s a selection of the best long leather riding boots on the market that are suitable for competition and everyday riding to give you some ideas…
Colours: Black | Sizes: 3–8.5, with five calf widths and three height options | RRP: £290
This fresh take on the traditional field boot offers a sleek, ultra-contoured fit through the ankle. It features athletic design details and technically advanced support and comfort inside and out. It has a Duratread outsole and utilises Ariat’s 4LR (4-Layer Rebound) technology for everyday comfort. The boots have a full leather lining and moisture-wicking sock liner, as well as a full-length elasticised panel and zip.
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Brogini Capitoli V2 field boots
Colours: Black, brown or black/brown top | Sizes: 36–46, with four calf width and three height options | RRP: From £175
Crafted from a high grade smooth leather, these boots have a full-length zip to the rear of the boot, with a colour-matched elasticated panel for comfort. There are two rubber spur rests on either side of the heel and the heel is protected with a poppered leather panel. The top features a classic side strap with the Brogini badge and a zip cover with Brogini popper button. This boot is also available as a dress model.
Cavallo Insignis Lux
Colours: Anthrazit, blau, hazel, mocca, oxblood or schwarz | Sizes: 2–12, with made to measure calf options | RRP: £635
These elegant boots with high dressage bow are made of soft high-quality box and brush calf leathers, with a grip leather panel on the inside. They also have a technical antibacterial insole to provide extra comfort. They feature a long inside zip, while the shafts are reinforced to prevent folding. These boots are available in several different colours with a variety personalisation options, including soles, cuffs and seams.
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Colours: Black, blue or brown, with a choice of 30 different tops | Sizes: 2–11, with more than 40 height/width variations | RRP: From £299
Designed and made by the world-renowned Italian company, these DeNiro boots are customisable with a choice of 30 top leathers, three boot colours and what seems to be an endless choice of stitching colours. The Salentinos are made from a very soft leather with an elastic panel by the zip. They are a great choice for any rider who is after a close contact feel and are described as extremely comfortable and supportive. For a customisable boot, these are great value. All boots come with leather soles and available with or without laces.
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Colours: Black | Sizes: 4–8, with two calf width and two height options | RRP: £199.99
These dress boots are crafted from full-grain European leather and are contoured through the ankle with a high Spanish-cut tops. The boots feature a full-grain leather lining and full leather elasticated panel for the perfect fit. Additional features include the RCS (Rider Comfort System) Ultra footbed, which offers sweat control, a shock-absorbing heel and a moisture wicking sock-liner. Also available in a field boot style.
Colours: Black or brown | Sizes: 34.5–45, with four calf widths and four height options | RRP: £275
These tall boots are made from full-grain leather with elastic laces detail and an extra-soft front. They feature an elastic panel that gives a flattering fit and added comfort, which is combined with high-end style and Italian design. The Orions provide a good level of shock absorption thanks to the double insole, which is also antibacterial, breathable and covered with soft lining leather. The rubber outsole is hand sewn and has what is described as an aggressive profile to ensure foot stability and security in the stirrup. The boots are lightweight and flexible to maximise functionality, while the finishing process of the footbed and lining leather ensures softness, absorbency and superior durability. There are more than 200 size combinations available to guarantee perfect fit and comfort.
Fonte Verde Pico
Colours: Black | Sizes: 36–42, with four calf widths and two height options | RRP: £299.95
This boot is handcrafted in Portugal from the finest European calf leather. The top has been shaped to hug the contours of your leg, and the chink of patent leather gives the boot a classy hint of decadence. They also have an engineered footbed and a stretch panel to provide a snug fit.
Fouganza 900 Jump
Colours: Black or brown | Sizes: 3–9.5, with three calf width options | RRP: £129.99
These boots have been designed with showjumpers in mind. The sole is grooved to improve hold in the stirrup, while the slightly stretchy fabric along the back of the boot hugs your calf without squeezing it to allow you a good feel. The elasticated rear zip makes these boots easy to put on and it is protected by a tab at the bottom. The sole is described as very comfortable with an elasticated fastening and supple leather.
Harry Hall tall riding boots
Colours: Black | Sizes: 4–8 | RRP: £158
These boots feature a full-length stretch side panel and a hidden elastic gusset on the inside of the leg, allowing the boots to mould around the calf for a more flexible and custom fit. They fasten with a full-length zip and press stud fastening to the top and bottom of the boot to create a slim and modern finish.
View now at harryhall.com
HyLand Sorrento field riding boots
Colours: Black | Sizes: 37–41 | RRP: £99.99
Fitted with lace fronts for the classic field boot look, these boots also benefit from an elasticated back panel that allows for a streamlined fit and added comfort. The boot sits close to your skin to allow precise, measured movement. The heel incorporates two rubber spur studs for optional use, and the boot is finished with a press button spur guard to the bottom of the boot. Fully lined for added comfort and sitting on an anti-skid sole, this secure, well-fitting boot is a suitable choice for competing or everyday schooling.
Kingsley Riding Capri
Colours: 70 options across five leather types | Sizes: 35-46, 364 standard sizes available or can be custom fit |RRP: From £329
These classic high-cut dressage boots have an elegant silhouette and stiff outer calf. The discrete front-inner zipper allows additional ankle mobility. They are the ultimate choice if you are looking for a unique and personal design – you can use the online 3D configurator to design and customise your perfect boots. There are six base models of boot to cater for all riders and these can be extensively customised. Based on 28 height and width combinations per shoe size, there are 364 standard sizes available. If a standard size does not meet your requirements, you can opt for partial or full customisation.
View now at kingsleyriding.com
Colours: 14 options | Sizes: 2–12, with 13 calf width and 16 height options | RRP: From £708
These dressage boots have a sculpted top and an elegant tapered ankle. Made of leather, they are also fully leather-lined and feature a high dressage bow with a Königs crown. There are loads of customisation options available, including lambskin lining, additional sparkles or crystals and extra detailing on the foot.
View now at emporium.co.uk
Mark Todd competition boot MK II
Colours: Black | Sizes: 37–45, with three calf width and three height options | RRP: £229.98
These boots are made of soft and supple leather and have an elegant and flattering supported shape. The rubber sole is handmade with contrast stitching, and the boots feature an elasticated back panel for comfort, a YKK durable zip, heel guard and spur rest. They also have a shaped knee and soft leather lining with a smart Mark Todd pin. Also available in plain riding style.
Mountain Horse Aurora
Colours: Black or brown | Sizes: 36–43, with four calf width and two height options | RPP: £259
These boots are described as sleek, sophisticated and able to offer outstanding comfort and support. They use technological features to help your feet stay comfortable all day in a stylish boot that is hard wearing and durable, while still offering close contact with your horse. These boots feature a shock impact reduction technology system (Vertycore 4D), which has a multi-layered composition that is designed for exceptional cushioning and comfort. They have a non-slip durable rubber outsole with a multi-directional grip pattern and a water-dispersing heel tread that provides great grip in all weather conditions.
The unique Z-shaped steel shank, which runs across the heel, up to the arch and down into the front of the foot, provides superior stability in the stirrup and extreme comfort on the ground. A pressure-absorbing insole provides comfort for the base of the foot, helping to reduce fatigue. The foot bed is made from durable closed-cell memory foam, which reduces the impact on your foot, whether you are walking or riding.
QHP Birgit Snake
Colours: Brown or black | Sizes: 3–9, with two calf width options | RRP: £149.99
With a snake and patent leather top, these boots are perfect for those that want to stand out from the crowd. The outer leg is made of an imitation leather that is slightly stretchy and very supple to provide a perfect fit, while the leather inside leg and foot provide stability and durability. They have a breathable mesh lining and elastic lacing for comfort, as well as a back zip, zip protector and spur rest.
Rhinegold Elite Extra Short Luxus
Colours: Black | Sizes: 3–8, with four calf width options | RRP: £119.50
This is a shorter version of the Rhinegold Luxus. They are made of a soft-feel leather and feature an elasticated front lace detail with stitch detail on the toe cap. They have what is described as a “user-friendly” wider, smooth-feel zip pull and two pleated, elasticated leather sections at the back of the boot, which offers a comfortable fit. The top of the zip is finished off with an elasticated strap and plain black press stud to the side. The boots also have spur guards and a grippy sole. Also available in a regular height.
Colours: Black | Sizes: 36–43 | RRP: £135
These handmade boots feature a stylish curved side zip, rear cordura panel and side elasticised panel, for exceptional comfort and fit. The anatomical moulded footbed provides additional comfort and shock absorbency, while the lightweight yet hard-wearing rubber sole unit provides comfort and support, both on and off the horse.
Tredstep Donatello SQ II
Colours: Black or brown | Sizes: 3–11, with 10 calf width and three height options | RRP: £259
These elegant field boots have a full leather lining, an elastic closure at the top of the boot for a snug fit, and a full-length YKK zip. They also feature a high-tensile stretch panel for a great fit and a moulded, shock-absorbing rubber sole. Also available in a junior model.
View now at tredstep.com
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What’s the difference between dress boots and field boots?
Long riding boots can generally be split into two categories – field boots and dress boots. The main design difference is field boots typically have lacing at the ankle that allows you extra flexibility to get your heels down – for example, the Ariat Heritage Contour II Field Zip boots. Dress boots tend to have a more formal appearance, are generally black and tend to have a higher cut on the outside of the knee – for example, the Dublin Galtymore dress boots. Field boots are typically favoured by showjumpers and eventers, whereas a dressage rider is more likely to choose a dress boot – however, either is accepted in the vast majority of scenarios and the choice is ultimately down to you.
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