There’s so many options! Where do you even start? Choosing your next pair of western riding boots isn’t the easiest task. The market is full of different designs and styles. There are a few factors that you should put first in your decision making though!

Tips You Don’t Want To Forget

1. Safety: As expected, safety should be your number one concern. Riding is a dangerous sport and proper footwear is essential. These boots need to have a distinct heel. That’ll stop your foot from going straight through the stirrup. And lastly, they should be closed-toed, but not steel-toed.

2. Material: Breathable, waterproof, leather, synthetic?… A few things to consider are the time of year, the purpose of the boots, and how long you want them to last. Some riders also do barn chores in their western boots. They’ll need a versatile shoe that can get wet and is durable.

3. Toughness: Careful, some western boots were designed for street wear and not barn life. Make sure to select a pair that has good reviews by actual riders. Some brands like Ariat and Durango are well-known by the horse community. They may be a safer bet than an unknown or unbranded boot.

4. Appearance: Depending on your discipline, you may need a certain type of shoe. Western boots come in a lot of shapes, colors, and patterns. If you’re competing, then you might want a particular type. Check out what is traditional in your riding classes.

5. Affordability: Quality boots can cost quite a bit, but they’re designed to last. When buying new barn shoes, be careful you don’t go too cheap and end up with junk. They’ll have to endure the wear and tear of riding.

Hopefully, these tips will be helpful on your next shopping adventure!

Make sure to check out: How To Choose A Horseback Riding Helmet! Head protection is also super important.