Find the best riding boots for every occasion

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  • Are you here in search of the best horse riding boots to suit your needs? If so, you’re in luck! Whether you’re a new rider looking for your first pair or you’re looking to replace an old trusty pair you’ve had for years, finding the right pair of boots for you is really important. They keep your feet comfortable and protected, but also allow you to feel the horse you’re riding.

    When you’re selecting your new pair of riding boots, you need to consider what you’re looking for – for example, long vs short riding boots. If you already have a particular style in mind, check out our specific guides to each type of boot, otherwise scroll down for our pick of the best riding boots.

    Best horse riding boots: H&H’s quick guide

    Best long boots: Ariat Heritage Contour II

    Best short boots: Tredstep Medici II

    Best long boots for wide calves: Brogini Modena

    Best winter riding boots: Hy Waterford

    Best children’s riding boots: Dublin Altitude

    Best horse riding boots

    Ariat Heritage Contour II Field Zip Tall Riding Boot

    Ariat Heritage Contour II Field Zip Tall Riding Boot: Best long riding boots

    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.

    In the UK? View now at amazon.co.uk, ariat.com or naylors.com
    In the US? View now at amazon.com, ariat.com or statelinetack.com

    Tredstep Medici II paddock boot

    Tredstep Medici II paddock boots: Best short riding boots

    Colours: Black or brown
    Sizes: EU 37–45
    RRP: From £149
    H&H Rating: 10/10

    This European-style short boots from Tredstep have a specialised insole that combines the ability to mould to the shape of the foot with 3D arch support and a durable shock-absorbing heel. They are available in a range of styles – front zip, laced with rear zip or double front zip.

    Read H&H’s independent Tredstep Medici II Paddock Boots review.

    In the UK? View now at amazon.co.uk or gsequestrian.co.uk

    HyLand Waterford winter riding boots

    Hy Waterford boots: Best winter riding boots

    Colours: Brown
    Sizes: EU 36–41
    RRP: £106.99
    H&H Rating: 9/10, H&H Approved

    These practical and robust boots from Hy are described as stylish, lightweight and comfortable to wear. Made of a water-repellent oiled leather, they will keep you dry in all weathers and the technical lining will allow your feet to breathe. A full-length YKK zip at the rear of the boot ensures the boots are quick and easy to remove, while integrated stretch panels on the back of the calf for comfort and freedom of movement whilst riding. The PU sole is stitched for double strength and features anti-skid grip, which is ideal on an icy morning.

    Read H&H’s independent Hy Waterford Boots review.

    In the UK? View now at equus.co.uk, viovet.co.uk, gsequestrian.co.uk or ebay.co.uk

    Ariat Heritage Contour II Waterproof Insulated Boots

    Ariat Heritage Contour II Waterproof Insulated Boots: Best winter competition boots

    Colours: Black or waxed chocolate
    Sizes: UK 3–8.5, with a range of width and height options
    RRP: £325

    Ariat describes these boots as perfect for “everyday winter riding”, but we think they’re smart enough for competition, too. They’ve been upgraded with waterproof technology and warming insulation, and benefit from 4LR (four-layer rebound) technology, which provides your feet with the comfort and support they need as you walk and ride. They have a smart Spanish topline, elasticated laces and a full-length elasticated panel on the side to ensure a good fit.

    In the UK? View now at ariat.com, amazon.co.uknaylors.com or ebay.co.uk
    In the US? View now at ariat.com, statelinetack.com or smartpakequine.com

    Tredstep Medici Tall field boots

    Tredstep Medici Tall field boots: Best competition riding boots

    Fit: Ladies’
    Colours: Black
    Sizes: 3–11, with nine calf width and three height options
    RRP: £349

    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. Also available as a dress boot. The short version of these boots scored 10/10 as part of our independent testing scheme – read the full review.

    In the UK? View now at gsequestrian.co.uk
    In the US? View now at smartpakequine.com

    Brogini Modena riding boots for wide calves

    Brogini Modena riding boots: Best riding boots for wide calves

    Colours: Black
    Sizes: EU 36–43, in wide or extra wide
    RRP: £79.96

    These riding boots are made from an easy-care and durable synthetic leather, which makes them suitable for vegans. They are available in two calf widths – wide or extra-wide – and are a great option if you’re on a budget, too.

    In the UK? View now at viovet.co.uk, naylors.comsportsdirect.com, millets.co.uk or gooutdoors.co.uk

    Saxon Syntovia Tall Field Riding Boots

    Saxon Syntovia Tall Field Boots: Best long riding boots on a budget

    Colours: Black
    Sizes: UK 4–8, in two widths and two heights
    RRP: £74.99

    Made from a grained synthetic material that looks like leather, these boots also have an elastic stretch panel to help secure the perfect fit and a cushioning footbed. They are also available as dress boots (no laces).

    In the UK? View now at amazon.co.uk, viovet.co.uk, decathlon.co.uk, equus.co.uk, naylors.com or gsequestrian.co.uk
    In the US? View now at statelinetack.com

    Mark Todd country boot MKII

    Mark Todd country boot MKII: Best country boots for equestrians

    Fit: Unisex
    Colours: Brown
    Sizes: EU 37–45, in standard or wide
    RRP: £154.99
    H&H Review: 9/10, H&H Approved

    These Mark Todd boots are described as fully waterproof, lightweight and comfortable. They are made from full-grain and nubuck leather and feature a technical, waterproof and breathable lining. They have smart but subtle Mark Todd branding with a lace adjustment at the top and a sturdy grip. Also available in children’s sizes.

    Read H&H’s independent Mark Todd MKII Country Boot review.

    In the UK? View now at amazon.co.uk or viovet.co.uk 

    Dublin Altitude Zip Paddock Boots

    Dublin Altitude Zip Paddock Boots: Best children’s jodhpur boots

    Colours: Black or brown
    Sizes: UK C9–4
    RRP: £35.75

    Made from a quality grained synthetic leather, these boots have a RCS (Rider Comfort System) footbed, high arch and in-built shank for improved comfort and stability.

    In the UK? View now at viovet.co.uknaylors.com or ebay.co.uk
    In the US? View now at amazon.com or statelinetack.com

    Hy Equestrian Erice Riding Boot

    Hy Equestrian Erice Riding Boots: Best long riding boots for children

    Colours: Black or black/pink
    Sizes: UK C10–3
    RRP: £76.99

    These boots feature lace fronts for a classic finish, but with a black glitter panel at the top of the boot for a modern twist. They have an elasticated back panel for superior comfort, ease of fastening and close contact feel, and sturdy zip fastening with secure press stud closures. They also feature spur rests and guards, as well as an anti-skid sole for stability.

    In the UK? View now at viovet.co.ukgsequestrian.co.uk or ebay.co.uk

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