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 on a really tight budget then we’ve pulled together a selection of long riding boots under £100.
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 usually 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.
Best long leather riding boots for competition and everyday riding
Ariat Heritage Contour II Field Zip Tall Riding Boot
Colours: Black or sienna | Sizes: UK 3–8½, with five calf widths and three height options | RRP: £290 | H&H Review: 10/10, H&H Approved |
These beautiful boots are popular for a reason. Made from premium full-grain leather with a full leather lining, they have an elasticised panel on the outside edge of the zip, plus an elastic gusset on the inside of the knee that allows for movement. They have an ultra-contoured fit through the ankle, which creates a sleek profile and elegant look. Like the Palisades, they benefit from Ariat’s 4LR (4-Layer Rebound) technology, which offers comfort and support, and they have a a moisture-wicking sock liner to keep your feet dry. They also have elasticised laces and a premium quality YKK zip with keeper.
We tested these boots and thought they were super-smart and there are a great range of sizes and fits available. We think these boots are worth saving up for. Read the full Ariat Heritage Contour II Field Boots review.
Mountain Horse Aurora Tall Boots
Colours: Black or brown | Sizes: EU 36–43, with four calf width and two height options | RPP: £259 | H&H Rating: 9/10, H&H Approved |
These Mountain Horse boots are described as sleek, sophisticated and able to offer outstanding comfort and support. They feature a technical and multi-layered shock-absorbing system that is designed for exceptional cushioning and comfort. They also 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 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.
We tested these boots and found them to be an extremely well-fitting pair of long boots. They look smart, are comfortable both in and out of the saddle, providing sufficient flexibility as well as strength. Read H&H’s independent Mountain Horse Aurora Boots review.
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Colours: Black or cocoa brown | Sizes: UK 3–8½, with five calf widths and three height options | RRP: £300 | H&H Rating: 9/10, H&H Approved |
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.
We found these boots softened up really well and were really supportive in the foot. They are a great option for riding at home as well as at competition, and our tester particularly liked the handy spur rest on the heel. Our tester said she “would definitely choose these boots over any other for all-day comfort and ease of use”. One of our favourite features is the spur rest on the leather zip guard – it supports the spur in the perfect place and prevents any pressure on the heel from having to have them too tight. Read H&H’s independent Ariat Palisade boots review.
Brogini Albareto Easy-Care Field Boot
Colours: Black | Sizes: EU 37–42, with two calf widths | RRP: £79.96 |
These easy-care synthetic leather boots have a real leather feel – they look the part without the hefty price tag. They offer good grip and have an elastic laced front, improved slimline ankle fitting and full-length zip with elastic panel, which not only offers a smart fit but ensures they’re comfortable too.
Dublin Arderin Tall Boots
Colours: Black | Sizes: UK 4–9, with two height options | RRP: £148.99 |
Available in both field (laced) and dress (non-laced) styles, these smart boots are made from a stretch PU and leather upper that moulds to your leg for a comfortable and slim fit. The high Spanish cut top line and contoured ankle give an elegant look, while the breathable mesh lining and comfort footbed ensure your feet are comfortable. They have a full-length rear zip for easy on/off and a good fit, and have spur rests and stitched detailing at the front of the ankle and toe cap for a finished look.
Shires Moretta Gianna Riding Boots
Colours: Black or brown | Sizes: UK 3–11, with five width options and three height options | RRP: £119.99 |
These boots offer riders at all levels a smart boot that is comfortable from the first wear. The close leg fit is achieved with contoured leather engineering and elastic leg panel inserts, while supportive insoles and shock absorbing soles ensure feet stay comfortable in the stirrup.
Tredstep Medici II Field Boots
Fit: Ladies’ | Colours: Black or brown | Sizes: UK 3–11, with nine calf width and three height options | RRP: £369 |
These stylish yet functional Tredstep boots are described as offering unmatched rider comfort. Their curve patterns enhance and complement the shape of your leg, providing a close contact, while the special insole moulds to your foot shape. They also feature a new padded, stretch top closure, zip guards, and spur rests.
Read H&H’s independent Tredstep Medici paddock boots review, which are the short version of these boots.
Mountain Horse Sovereign High Rider Boots
Colours: Black, brown or dark brown | Sizes: EU 36–43, with five calf widths and three height options | RRP: £299 |
These soft, figure-hugging boots are made with a premium leather. They have a shock-absorbing ergonomically designed insole and footbed with an integrated steel shank for improved stability. They fasten with a full-length durable zip at the back.
Colours: Black or brown | Sizes: UK 4–8, with two calf width and two height options | RRP: £269.99 |
These boots, which are available in field and dress styles, 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.
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Harry Hall Burlington Long Riding Boots
Fit: Unisex | Colours: Black or brown | Sizes: UK 3–10 | RRP: £164.95 |
The plain toe design of these long boots from Harry Hall gives a smart and streamlined appearance. The sleek appearance is combined with practical features, such as the subtle elastic panel running down the side of the full-length zip, which helps achieve the perfect fit. Designed from a combination of leather and stretch synthetic panel to the inside leg.
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Colours: Black | Sizes: UK 3–8, with four calf width options | RRP: £119.50 |
These boots 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 extra-short or extra-wide styles.
Fouganza 900 Jump
Colours: Black or brown | Sizes: 3–9.5, with three calf width options | RRP: £149.99 |
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.
Mark Todd Sport Competition Field Boot
Colours: Black or brown | Sizes: EU 36–45 | RRP: £109.99 |
These long boots feature a back zip, protective heel guard and elegantly shaped knee. They are made of a super-stretch synthetic outer leg, leather foot and inside leg panel for a good grip in the saddle, and are lined with breathable mesh for added comfort.
Colours: Black or brown | Sizes: EU 34–45, with four calf widths and four height options | RRP: £315 |
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. 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 is designed 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.
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