The best short riding boots – whether they are jodhpur or paddock boots – are not only safe to wear in the saddle, but smart and comfortable, too. Often worn with half chaps or gaiters, to reap some of the benefits of wearing long boots, short boots are a popular choice for both adults and children – and are always part of a beginner’s kit. For help choosing the best jodhpur boots for you, jump ahead to our buying advice.
Best jodhpur boots
Tredstep Medici II paddock boot
Colours: Black or brown | Sizes: EU 37–45 | RRP: From £149 | Review: 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.
These Tredstep boots scored 10/10 as part of our independent testing scheme – read the full review.
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Ariat Ascent boots
Colours: Black | Sizes: UK 3–8.5 | RRP: £110 | Review: 9/10 |
These modern boots are completely different to anything else in this guide. They have a flexible, lightweight build with a breathable, sock-like fit for comfortable compression, ankle support and instep comfort.
These Ariat boots scored 9/10 as part of our independent testing scheme – read the full review.
Brogini Trieste premium laced paddock boot
Colours: Black or brown | Sizes: EU 36–46 | RRP: £75 | Review: 8/10 |
Crafted from a supple Brazilian leather, these Brogini boots are classic and traditional, but packed with modern features. The anti-skid rubber sole offers flexibility with shock-absorbing properties, while the high-density insole offers arch support.
These Brogini boots scored 9/10 as part of our independent testing scheme – read the full review.
Harry Hall Harrow zip jodhpur boots
Colours: Black or brown | Sizes: UK 3–9 | RRP: £87.50 | Review: 8/10 |
Made with a soft leather, these Harry Hall boots have an antique brass front zip, leather pull-on tab and elasticated panel meaning you can slip these on and off with ease. They feature spur guards and a ridged sole, while the curved stitching and brogue detail on the toe give these boots a smart finish.
These Harry Hall boots scored 8/10 as part of our independent testing scheme – read the full review.
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Fouganza 500 adult jodhpur boots
Colours: Black or brown | Sizes: EU 36–44 | RRP: £39.99 |
These synthetic boots are described as supple and durable. Matching half chaps available.
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Hy Equestrian York synthetic combi leather zip jodhpur boots
Colours: Black or brown | Sizes: EU 24–41 | RRP: From £26.99 |
This smart synthetic boot from Hy features a spur rest and cambrill lining. Designed with a heel grip rubber sole, zip up fastening, elasticated sides and a pull tag to help slide the foot in. Smart enough for formal events but practical enough for everyday use!
Mountain Horse Aurora zip paddock boot
Colours: Black or brown | Sizes: EU 36–43 | RRP: £129 |
These Mountain Horse boots have a non-slip durable rubber outsole with a multi-directional grip pattern and a water-dispersing heel tread, which combined provides great grip in all weathers. They have a pressure-absorbing insole that provides comfort and helps to reduce fatigue. The memory foam footbed gives added heel cushioning that reduces impact. Also available in a laced style.
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Dublin Rapture jodhpur boots
Colours: Black or brown | Sizes: UK child’s 12 – adult 9 | RRP: From £49.99 |
These leather Dublin boots have a breathable mesh lining, memory foam foot bed and durable rubber soles. They are finished with a spur rest and pin-punch designed heel and toe cap. These boots are also available in a zipped version.
Just Togs Shoreditch short boots
Colours: Black or brown | Sizes: EU 37–43 | RRP: £65 |
The premium grain leather of these Just Togs boots ensures quality and durability, while the technical sole system provides comfort and support.
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Supreme Products Show Ring jodhpur boots
Colours: Oxblood | Sizes: UK child’s 5 – adult 9 | RRP: From £43.50 |
These boots from Supreme Products are designed with show riders in mind. Featuring elasticated sides for a comfortable fit, and a heel loop for ease of taking on and off, these boots have a slimline leather sole that ensures a picture-perfect look for the show ring. Also available in children’s sizes.
Toggi Abbot boots
Colours: Black or bitter chocolate | Sizes: EU 36–46 | RRP: £90 |
These handmade leather boots from Toggi have a classic toe overlay. To ensure they’re easy to get on and off, these boots have elasticated panels and a front YKK zip.
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Tuffa Morgan zip front jodhpur boots
Colours: Black or conker brown | Sizes: UK 3–12 | RRP: £79.99 |
The uppers of these leather-lined Tuffa boots are padded for a comfortable fit, while the rubber soles are non-slip and the close-fitting ankle closes with a YKK zip for maximum support.
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Rhinegold Rocco Italia Tuscany paddock boots
Colours: Black | Sizes: UK 3–11 | RRP: £79.50 |
From the new leatherwork range, these Rhinegold soft leather boots are fully leather lined with a lace detail front and rear zip for ease of use. They have elasticated side panels at the ankle and are finished with brogue detailing on the toe cap and heel.
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Bareback Idaho Storm waterproof jodhpur boots
Colours: Black or brown | Sizes: UK 3–12 | RRP: £149 |
This updated design from Bareback Footwear has a sealed soft leather tongue behind the YKK zip to maximise waterproofing abilities. They have a fully waterproof lining with sealed zip, cushioned inner lining to prevent rubbing, supportive arched shank sole and air release valve in the heel that provides ventilation and cushioning.
Equitector Maestro short riding boots
Colours: Black or brown | Sizes: UK 3–10 (including half sizes) | RRP: From £124 |
These Equitector boots incorporate a climate control system to keep you warm in the winter but cool in the summer. Designed for wearing on the yard, they also have an integral and discrete steel toe cap.
Tucci Time Marilyn short boots
Colours: Black, grey, red, brown or blue | Sizes: EU 25–46 | RRP: £300 |
These boots, made by the team at Franco Tucci, have elastic insert ankles, an anti-shock sole and supple leather lining. They are available in four styles – plain, punched, punched patent or patent.
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How to choose the best short riding boots for you
There’s more to think about than you might realise when it comes to choosing a pair of short riding boots. The first difference you might notice is the leather – nubuck leather is hard-wearing, easy to look after and clean, while full-grain leather is more formal and traditional. The sole is an important consideration and the tread should be shallow and compact, which helps to prevent your foot becoming caught. Rubber soles are more flexible and shock absorbing, while wooden or wood composite soles can offer more support. Some boots also have steel shanks to provide arch support, which encourages good posture and reduces fatigue.
Insoles have a real effect on how your boot feels to wear. Leather insoles are hard wearing but have minimal cushioning, whereas cushioned insoles offer varying levels of padding and shock absorption depending on the material. Some boots have memory foam insoles, which mould to the shape of your foot for added comfort and support.
Short boots can be pull-on, zipped (front or rear) or laced. It’s down to you which you prefer, but there are some advantages to each. Pull-on boots usually come with tabs to help you get them on and off, but like zipped boots can not be adjusted. Lacing gives you the option to adjust, which is particularly good if you have skinny ankles. They are a bit more of a faff to put on, but some come with a rear zip to make this easier. A front zip is the simplest option if you’re looking for easy access.
If you want to pair your short boots with half chaps or gaiters, it’s not essential that you find a matching pair, but if they’re designed to go together they’ll not only look smart but fit well. Don’t forget, if you ever wear spurs with your short boots, you’ll need to opt for a pair with spur rests.
What’s the difference between jodhpur boots and paddock boots?
These styles of short boot are very similar, but a few design differences set them apart. Jodhpur boots are typically, but not exclusively, worn by younger riders. They are often pull-on in design, although some come with a zip. A good example are the Dublin Elevation jodhpur boots.
Paddock boots, such as the Ariat Heritage IV, tend to have a thicker sole, which allows them to be worn on the yard as well as in the saddle. They also usually come higher up the ankle, offering slightly more support, and are normally laced or zipped.
Are short or long riding boots better?
It really depends on who you are and what you’re wearing them for. Short boots tend to be favoured by children as they are accepted in the show ring and for competition, but they also allow beginner riders more freedom of movement at the ankle. That said, they are popular with many adult riders of all abilities, too.
Short boots don’t offer the same support and protection that a pair of long leather boots would do and, for this reason, many riders opt to pair their jodhpur boots with half chaps or gaiters. Short boot and half chap combinations may also solve problems for riders looking for non-standard sizings at a more affordable price point.
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