I’ve worn different iterations of Ariat lace-up boots for … ever. I don’t think I’ve ever actually worn them through, except for one pair – but they weren’t really too worn through so I just put those in my trailer (just in case) and purchased another pair of lace ups in the same color. And then I needed some other colors… so throughout the years, I’ve probably had 6 pair of Ariat lace-ups.
Even Hubby has Ariat lace-ups!
Then, a few years ago, I tried the newer style with the zipper on the side. Those were great, too! My only issue was that I wished they had more ankle support. But as you can see, I wore them a lot… They were comfortable and light.
And then… my foot got bigger.
??? What is up with that?! How could my foot get bigger?
I have no idea why my foot got bigger… but it did. Bigger and wider.
I decided I needed new boots – I felt like Cinderella’s sisters, trying to squeeze into my old boots – so I decided to peruse the Ariat site.
Hmmmm. Of all the styles, I decided to try Ariat terrain boots because I love to walk along side my horse on the trails. I figured a terrain boot might be the best option for me. A cross between a hiking boot and a riding boot. Oh, and it may as well be waterproof, so I got the H2O version.
So this is what I have now. ARIAT TERRAIN WATERPROOF, SIZE 7W
Overall, I think this is a terrific boot! It is lightweight, supports my ankle, is not stiff and is comfortable right away. I wore them the first day, all day, doing chores around the horses on uneven territory – and my feet were fine! No blisters.
Also, they fit under my jeans and my riding pants. Just the right height. Rocks and hay doesn’t fall inside of them – yet they aren’t too tall to be uncomfortable around the ankle.
To me, all those factors make a practically perfect boot.
Sort-of Cons, but not really:
I have not worn these for a year, so I don’t know how they will hold up (some reviews say they don’t hold up, which I questions since I’ve had no quality issues with Ariat – ever).
And… although not really a ‘con’, these boots seemed to run big. When I was reading other reviews, most people said these boots ran true to size, but for me, it feels a half size too big. I wish I had purchased the 6.5. However, I needed the boots exactly when they arrived, so I said to myself, “How big can they be…? I wear a 7. They are a 7… It should be fine, especially when my foot gets hot and expands”. However, now I think that I should have sized down a half a size.
Other than that, I love these boots!
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It comes in 2 colors. I chose Copper.
I’m on my second pair of these! Love them. First pair lasted probably 6 years, when I was still riding at home. I still ride in them, at the Wyoming ranch, but obv they don’t get so much wear nowadays :-(