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Ariat® Challenge Contour Zip Field Boot

Ariat® Challenge Contour Zip Field Boot

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Ariat® Challenge Contour Zip Field Boot

Thoughtfully designed for a flattering and competitive look, the Ariat® Challenge Contour Zip Field Boot–Tall height has a contoured fit through the ankle. It's crafted of premium European calf leather and cut with a high Spanish top to elongate the look of your leg. Elasticized side panel, hidden elastic knee gusset.

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Tall Height
Item #: Z1-38550A
List: $399.95
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How to Measure for Tall Boots
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How to Clean
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Thoughtfully redesigned for a flattering and competitive look, the Ariat® Challenge Contour Zip Field Boot–Tall height has a contoured fit through the ankle. This elegant tall boot is crafted of premium European calf leather and cut with a high Spanish top to elongate the look of your leg. A full-length, elasticized side panel and an elastic gusset on the inside of the knee offer for a comfortable fit. A full leather lining offers support and durability. It’s classically styled with punched toe cap, spur cradle, elasticized laces that eliminate binding and a swagger tab embellished with subtle antiqued pewter logo plaque. Full-length back zipper with keeper maintains the streamlined design. ATS™ footbed stabilizes your foot while moisture-wicking sock liner keeps your skin feeling dry. Duratread™ outsole provides grip and ensures long wear.


How to Measure for Tall Boots
You'll need a helper and a cloth measuring tape to take accurate measurements.

  • Wear the breeches and socks that you're most likely to wear with your new boots.
  • Sit in a straight chair with your stocking feet flat on the floor and knees at a 90 degree angle.
  • For calf width, have your helper measure the circumference of your calf at its widest point.

  • Note: Do not add increments to your calf measurement. Boot leather stretches as it breaks in. New boots should fit snugly and should be slightly difficult to put on. If the boots are too large when you purchase them, they will only become looser over time and will increase the risk of the boot dropping too much resulting in a shortened height.

  • For boot height, have your helper measure from the floor to the back of your knee.

  • Boot height is a matter of personal preference. Some riders prefer a very tall boot, while others prefer a shorter boot. In general, for field boots you'll want to add 1 1/2 to 2 inches to your height measurement. For a moderately stiff dressage boot, you'll want to add 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 inches. Also, check the riding boot size chart on the ordering tab for your desired brand of boots to determine whether you should make any specific height adjustments.

    Note: Styles in both field and dress boots that feature a Spanish top help to create an elongated look as up to 1 to 1 1/2 inches of curved leather is added to the outside of the top of the boot. A Spanish top is cut higher and more curved than a regular boot top.

  • Match your calf width and height measurements to the riding boot sizing chart pertaining to the brand of boot you wish to order.

If you're considering zippered boots, look for a calf measurement that is as close to or a smidge over your measurement to avoid stressing the zippers. If your calf measurement is as little as 1/8 inch wider than the calf measurement listed for your expected size, you may want to consider the next size up or you may have problems with the boot zippers. If the next size up seems as though it will be too wide for your calf and the boot would be too loose, then consider another boot that will fit your leg better. It is not uncommon when choosing from stock tall boots for riders to consider all size charts and all manufacturers to find their optimal boot.

Shoe size pertains to your usual size for footwear. Some riders choose to go up a foot size if their desired boot height is not available with their regular size. Extra space in the foot can be taken up with an extra foot bed, gel sole or air cushion.

Note: For boots that are offered in whole foot sizes, factor the type of sock you plan to wear into your decision. For example, if you normally wear size 7 1/2 shoe but the boot you wish to order is offered in whole sizes, the thickness of your socks will determine the correct size to order. For heavy, thick socks, you would choose a size 8; for average, thin socks you would choose a size 7.
"Tall boots" for the English riding disciplines is a broad term that encompasses field, dress and dressage boots. Each boot style nods to the tradition of the equestrian sport, offers details that reflect current fashion trends, and most importantly, provides specific functionality to the rider. Field boots are typically made of leather with some degree of suppleness and with laces at the front of the ankle. This type of boot allows the rider to achieve a correct heels-down foot position for jumping, enjoy the flexibility to ride in shorter stirrups and experience a close contact feel at the inside calf.
Dress boots, which present a more formal appearance, are also as soft and supple as field boots, but they do not have laces at the ankle. Dressage boots are much stiffer than field or dress boots. Constructed with a stiffener up the back and offered in leather with various degrees of stiffness, a dressage boot should not drop much at the ankle. The design supports the rider's relatively flat foot position in the stirrup and a long, elegant leg position, which provides maximum area contact with the horse's sides. Dover Saddlery offers a wide selection of tall boots from all the leading brands, from entry-level to premium price points, and from the most classic to the most fashionable. Can't find a stock boot that's just right for you? Custom tall boots are available here, too.
How to Clean Your Riding Boots

Regularly give your boots a thorough cleaning, conditioning or shining using only products and brushes designed specifically for boot leather. Do not use glycerin soap, a tack cleaner or a household cleaner on any part of your boot or its sole.

You'll want to wipe dirt, manure and horse sweat from the surface of your boots after every ride using a barely damp cloth or sponge. If there's dirt on the welt stitching and zipper, try using a soft-bristled brush. Use a stiff-bristled brush to remove caked material from outsoles. Keep in mind that any contaminants left on boot leather leech moisture, promote cracking and weaken or rot the stitching. Additionally, hardened dust and dirt from previous rides cause premature wear and abrasions, and grit in zipper teeth can prevent proper functioning. If you wear spurs, unbuckle the spur straps to clean the leather underneath them.

You'll want to use a soft rag to apply a boot cream or boot polish to the clean, dry leather. Let the product absorb into the leather for several minutes and avoid putting polish on zipper teeth. Buff boots with a polishing brush followed by buffing with another clean rag until the boot is shiny. Be sure to use a gentle brush to remove polish from welt stitching. Always check to see what kind of polish and brush your boot manufacturer recommends. Some manufacturers supply products that work best on their boot leather.

For thorough zipper care, vacuum or brush away debris before applying a thin coat of Zipper-Ease®, the stick lubricant that rubs on like a crayon and extends the life of your zippers.