1. Evelyn BAZ

    I agree that the lace up looks better, but I rather not be annoyed with my laces coming undone.

    As for the glued ones, I would think that the price would be a little less expensive because of the durability.

    I’m glad I read this article because now I know which ones to select if I were going to purchase riding boots.

    Thanks for sharing your great article.

    • Martina

      Hey Evelyn,

      You are absolutely right. And that’s what should be expected – that if the quality goes down then the price will come right down with it. Classically this brand is very good quality and durable so they are justified in charging high prices. But the problem is with their recent outsourcing, some of the quality of shoe manufacturing has dropped but their prices have remained the same.

      That’s why I’ve recommended the Heritage Breeze and the Scout Zip, because I know that with these particular boots – you’re going to get the bang for your buck that people have come to expect from the Ariat brand name.


  2. Wojtek

    I often get worried before buying riding boots in the internet because sometimes you just don’t know what you’re going to get. So thanks for your post – I can easily say that the ones I bought on Amazon.com are worth the price now and they are great. Really thank you for that review, hope that I will be able to read more helpful articles 🙂

    • Martina

      Hey there!

      No problem at all – I’m so happy that it was helpful for you. Definitely let me know if you need anything else 🙂



  3. Matt's Mom

    These are a great looking boot, even for just kicking around in! I actually have a pair very similar looking that I wear with jeans during the winter months. I personally like the Ariat Women’s Heritage Paddock Riding Boot Round Toe.

    I like the style and look of them. The price of $130 is really not bad considering these would probably last a very long time.

    If you have a pair, how long have they lasted you?

    • Martina

      Hey there!

      Yeah I know that’s what’s so great about them, you can honestly even just wear them out. And they’re so comfy that you actually want to. I totally agree!

      I actually don’t have that particular type but I have the previous make of the heritage round toe. I bought them around 10 years ago or so and I haven’t needed another pair to this day.

      They’re so comfy and they’ve lasted me literally forever, through years of very tough wear and tear! That’s why I think the 130$ is actually an awesome price for these boots and why I wanted to write a review on which ones are still the great ones to get 🙂

  4. Debbie

    Thanks for sharing these different options for boots for riding! I actually had been thinking about this lately because a friend teaches people how to ride and I was looking at his website and it said how important it was to have boots that protect the ankles. This seems like the perfect solution – they look attractive and comfortable, and this answers my question that I had just been wondering about. Thanks so much for sharing this great resource!

    • Martina

      Hi Debbie!

      No problem, I’m so happy that you’ve found it useful. Please let me know if you have any other questions 🙂

  5. Brad

    Couple questions for ya! Is there a boot you would recommend for beginners or perhaps people looking to buy their first par of nice riding boots? And if not are there certain things that you would stress in a boot for people looking for their first pair? My assumption would be that you would want something known to be extremely comfortable and not take a ton of time breaking in. And then later on you would know exactly what you need and what features are most important to you. Does that sound about right?

    • Martina

      Hey Brad,

      Good questions!

      So for a first time riding boot – any of these would do the trick simply because paddock boots are like a rider’s bread and butter (at least they were for me and still are!). Ariat boots are made from great leather and are super quick to break in. A couple rides should do the trick or just walking them around for a few hours. I look for DURABILITY in mine just because I wear them to do everything from riding to work around the barn to walking around the city. They look nice and so I can wear them out which I loooove.

      I know that Ariat boots are durable because I’ve had mine for 10 years and they are still in good condition – I wore them riding this past weekend. The ones I recommend the most are the two I list at the bottom: The Heritage Breeze Zip (what I use) and the Ariat Scout Zip.

      Are you looking for your wife or daughter? If there’s any other details I can help you with let me know 🙂

  6. Margaret

    Great post. It is a shame when a great product puts profit over quality. Thanks for sharing the best products with us. I would have bought lace ups rather than the ones with a zipper. I must say I do like the style of the Ariat Zip Boots. Good strong water proof boots are necesity when you work out in the paddock in the wet.or if you are cleaning out stables. This was well written and with all the information I needed to choose my next boots.

    • Martina

      Hey Margaret!

      I definitely agree but sometimes I feel like these company’s have to because all their competitors are moving over to China so they end up at a significant disadvantage if they don’t right? And even with the switch over, the two I recommend still are of amazing quality.

      Also they have some incredible cowgirl boots that I would 100% recommend as well and are super high qualtiy!

  7. Keith

    Wow a pair of boots that have lasted you over tens years with only some wear on them? That is really an investment.
    The leather used in their construction must be of a high quality.
    Do you have any tips on leather care? What products do you use?
    I just periodically rub Dubbin into my leather boots. Is that sufficient?

    • Martina

      Hey Keith!

      I know right? It’s pretty awesome 🙂 That’s why I vouch for their brand so much. They’re products are a little on the expensive side but they last forever so I think it’s totally worth it.

      Since they outsourced to China, some of their shoes have gone down in quality a little bit but the ones I recommend are still super durable.

      And I use saddle soap on all my leather just because I have it accessible anyways haha. You can find my favourite one here: Fiebing’s Saddle Soap. You can use that stuff on literally any leather and it works like a charm

  8. Peter

    I think all these pairs look like great horseback riding boots. I like how you know the details of each one and know exactly which ones to recommend. What would you say is the most important trait/characteristic when choosing a paddock boot? Would it be the boot’s comfort, durability, or appearance? I’m thinking of buying for my young daughter and I think I’d want to go with the zipper over the lace-up just because it’s easier for her? I think the Ariat Womens Heritage Breeze look great and I can definitely see why that’s your top recommendation 🙂

    • Martina

      Hey Peter!

      Ariat boots are definitely excellent quality and great for riding – and they’re stylish as well. The most important trait for a paddock boot is durability. This is your bread and butter as a rider. You want these to last forever, and be able to throw them on to go for a quick ride, for training and for doing chores around the barn. They should be mud resistant, water resistant and life-resistant! 🙂

      The ones I recommend definitely rise to the challenge. They’re a little on the pricey side but they’re worth it. Like I mentioned, I’ve had mine for 10 years now and they’re still going strong although they’re a little scuffed up.

      You’re daughter will love the zip ups – they look awesome (boots of this style are trending strongly right now as well) and they’ll last her forever so you won’t need to buy her another pair for a while.

      Let me know if you have any other questions!

  9. Bimmerguy

    Thank you so much for your review on Ariat Women’s Riding Boots. I’ve been considering buying these for my wife’s birthday. She’s always loved them! Not just for riding but just everyday wear because of the way they look. But I have no idea which ones are the best so thanks!

    Your review has provided me with all of the information I need to make an educated purchasing decision. I appreciate it big time!

    • Martina

      Hey there!

      I’m so happy to hear that this helped you make a decision about choosing the right shoes for your wife’s birthday. She has great taste 🙂 and I’m sure she’ll appreciate the gesture.

  10. Allie

    Ariat Boots have always been my favorites. I usually have several pairs around in different styles.Now that I am not training & competing anymore I am certainly not replacing them very often. They do last! I was not aware of the change in manufacturing standards. Too bad. I hope they don’t let their standards down too far, otherwise, I will need to find something else. I will keep your review handy to use next time I need a new pair.

    • Martina

      Hey Allie,

      I agree with you totally but I don’t think you’ll have to find something else just yet. Although it’s disappointing to hear their manufacturing has changed, their standards have been high on the boots I’ve mentioned. Furthermore, I think they’ve actually upped their ante since I wrote this post. I’ll have to expand it I think 🙂 Just bought a pair of half-chaps by them and they are perfect!

      Plus with all the politics and whatnot (won’t go into detail about that here), they may reinstate their US manufacturing.



  11. Linda

    I’m new to the Hunter Jumper discipline. I bought my first pair of paddock boots, yesterday. I tried on and walked in the store with both the Ariat Scout Lace and the Ariat Scout Zip. I chose the Lace because it seemed to fit my ankle better and feel more secure. I see that you recommend the Zip and not the Lace. Why? How would you compare the Scout Zip with the Scout Lace? Is the Lace as durable as the Zip?


    • Martina

      Hey Linda!

      Thanks so much for your comment

      I like both but I recommend the zip and own the zip myself for a few reasons:

      Firstly, I find that a zipper is cleaner (I find laces pick up a lot of dirt and poop when you’re working around the barn, tacking, untacking, grooming, feeding, etc.and then you have to touch them when you’re doing and undoing them). Secondly, I’ve had laces undo while I’m riding and I find it annoying to stop to tie them up. Lastly, it’s faster and more convenient to get them on and off not to mention they’re sleeker and less bulky when you’re wearing chaps over top, which I love. I do agree, however, that the laces allow for a snugger and closer fit because you can tighten as much as you need to.

      At the end of the day, the most important thing of course is how you feel when you’re riding! And everyone is different – if you feel more comfortable with the laces when you’re jumping, then definitely go with those.

      Hope I was helpful 🙂

      Happy riding!

  12. Justina Wolfe

    I can tell you have put a lot of effort into researching these boots and you’ve done a great job! For me it would be my very first pair but I won’t need them anytime soon since we are working on saving for a ranch first!
    This would definitely be my go to when I want to buy my first pair! Thanks for sharing:)

    • Martina

      Hey Justina, 

      Thanks for your comment and input! That’s awesome that you’re working to save up for a ranch, we are actually as well. Right now, I ride at different stables but I’m travelling a lot and still have work to do, but hopefully we’ll be able to afford one in the next 5-10 years or so! 



  13. Sophia

    I am not a horse rider but I have always loved boots. When I seen this article, I immediately thought “OMG next paycheck I need to buy myself a pair!” They are soo cute and look very durable. I would like to have a couple pairs and in different colors. Do they make these for little boys and girls too? I have a one year old baby boy who would look really stylish in a pair of these. Where can I find other riding gear?

    • Martina

      Hey Sophia, 

      I’m glad you like them – I don’t know if these come in pairs small enough for a one year old but you can definitely click here and check out some different options! 

      In terms of colors, you’ll usually find English style riding boots in browns and blacks rather than brighter ones.

      And in terms of other riding gear, you can check out our whole section on gear and apparel here!  

      Hope this helps! Let me know if you need anything else 🙂 


  14. Linda

    Hi Martina,
    Wow! This was a really thorough review and so timely for me. I’m in the market for a new pair of riding boots. I’ve always worn lace-ups but lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about trying zip boots for the convenience. I like the rubber sole, and when you indicated, there’s no real break-in period with these boots you had me sold. Add the convenience of Amazon, and these boots feel like a no-brainer. Thanks for the info!


    Thank you so much for this information.
    I appreciate all of the effort that went into the comparison. I think the Ariat Women’s Scout Paddock Boot are the ones I’m leaning towards. I like the way they look. The Ariat Women’s Heritage Breeze Zip Boots also look amazing, I’ll have to try them next time. Thank you again

    • Martina

      Hey Heather, 

      No problem 🙂 Appreciate the feedback & happy you enjoyed the review! 



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