I worried about this boot being too tall in the shaft for someone my height (5' 2"), and it was -- although not by an excessive amount. I could have dealt with the shaft height as is if it weren't for several other problems. Also on the neutral or positive side: the footbed is adequately cushioned (unlike so many other items of footwear). That's usually my main concern. The boots
ran true to size, seemingly an average size 7, which is a normal size for me in boots
. And the footbed was neither too wide nor too narrow. What prompted me to want to return these boots
was a combination of other things I found wrong with the aesthetics and the comfort. If the price had been lower, I would have kept these boots
. But for this price, I resented the small tear in the leather right near the stitching on the left boot, how the shaft of the boots
was just a bit too tall, how tight the shafts fit to my calves (and I have average, not particularly wide/"athletic" calves), and the ugliness of this massive gore that runs up the back of the boot. Not only is this gore large and ugly, but at least if there were more leather, I would have been able to count on the leather stretching out over time, and the boots
becoming more comfortable, whereas an elastic gore is going to stay at this same uncomfortably snug snugness for the indefinite future. And they were also too dark of a brown for a person to readily be able to tell they are brown. Why is it so hard to find brown riding boots
I'll keep looking.