December 11, 2017

La Mundials

Tis the season...to buy yourself stuff!

My $50 eBayed Ariat Heritage Contour field boots continue to cut off my circulation if I wear them for more than 15 minutes, but I put up with that for the last...six years? because I only wear them to show in.

#passable.  PC: Lisa Brezina
If I unzip the right one during warmup (my calves are dramatically different sizes after I got kicked in the knee while riding in 2007), zip it for my test, AND don't work out for a couple days before a show, they're fine.

Oh and unzip it as soon as humanly possible after our test. PC: My mom

But if the right pair came along for the right price I wouldn't say no, which is why I've had a standing eBay search for "6 dressage boots" for a long time.  Like, years.

So that's how this happened:


First "nice" pair of tall boots ever, after a pair of Devon Aires and the Ariats.


Someone was selling a "worn ten times" pair of La Mundials in my size for $140 shipped last week.   Used boots are hard to resell, but at that price if they didn't work out I felt I could definitely turn a small profit on them if I had to.


But I don't think I'll have to.  They're a perfect fit in almost every way, except the calf which is a smidge big, especially on my small calf. Not so much to where it matters though.  I figure maybe I'll bring them to Rolex-not-Rolex where LM always has a booth and see if they can do something about it.


And, by that time I'll have been working out again for six months, so my calves might grow by then anyway.


 They may not be as stiff as some hardcore Dressage boots, but they're stiff enough to stand up on their own without a tree.

Spanish top for the first time in my life!
Here's to show boots that won't leave my feet numb!


21 comments:

  1. I am an extremely tough fit boot-wise, and I actually own a pair of LMs that are nearly perfect...that I found on consignment at a tack shop for $100. Had I not found them, I would never ever touch LM with a 10-foot pole, given all the horror stories I've heard and seen with my own eyes about that company. Glad you lucked out on eBay!

    And hey, it might be better to have the calf slightly big than continue to cut off your circulation? ;)

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    1. I totally agree with you, way to many horror stories in recent years, even though there are still good stories too. And yes, I agree, better to be a little too big than a little too small!

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    2. I'm just lucky I guess. Times 3 lucky with them.

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    3. L, I always think of you since you did have a good experience and your boots are so gorgeous. Just a good roll of the dice I guess.

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  2. So pretty! Between your find and Karen's DeNiros, there's some crazy boot luck out there right now!

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    1. I think boots are some of the easiest to find good deals on. They're hard to resell and people think they're hard to repair. I got a brand new pair of Tredstep Donatellos for $15 on eBay once because they had a "broken zipper" - turned out there was just some excess leather caught in the teeth and they were fine after I took a toothpick to them.

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  3. Those are so yummy and I'm so jealous 😍😍😍

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  4. I bought a pair of LM field boots used which I just looooooved until I wore them out. I want to get a new pair but cannot justify the cost at this time. #someday And in the meantime, I will just keep looking on eBay and used tack sites. Enjoy your "new" boots!

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    1. Keep an ebay saved search with notifications going! Boots are some of the cheapest things to buy second hand for some reason.

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  5. Congrats - that is quite the find!

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    1. Thanks! I could not say no to that price. They are so nice too, I see why you love yours so much.

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  6. How have you been riding with numb feet?! I can't do it...

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  7. Wow, guess I need to try ebay for boots

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La Mundials

Tis the season...to buy yourself stuff!

My $50 eBayed Ariat Heritage Contour field boots continue to cut off my circulation if I wear them for more than 15 minutes, but I put up with that for the last...six years? because I only wear them to show in.

#passable.  PC: Lisa Brezina
If I unzip the right one during warmup (my calves are dramatically different sizes after I got kicked in the knee while riding in 2007), zip it for my test, AND don't work out for a couple days before a show, they're fine.

Oh and unzip it as soon as humanly possible after our test. PC: My mom

But if the right pair came along for the right price I wouldn't say no, which is why I've had a standing eBay search for "6 dressage boots" for a long time.  Like, years.

So that's how this happened:


First "nice" pair of tall boots ever, after a pair of Devon Aires and the Ariats.


Someone was selling a "worn ten times" pair of La Mundials in my size for $140 shipped last week.   Used boots are hard to resell, but at that price if they didn't work out I felt I could definitely turn a small profit on them if I had to.


But I don't think I'll have to.  They're a perfect fit in almost every way, except the calf which is a smidge big, especially on my small calf. Not so much to where it matters though.  I figure maybe I'll bring them to Rolex-not-Rolex where LM always has a booth and see if they can do something about it.


And, by that time I'll have been working out again for six months, so my calves might grow by then anyway.


 They may not be as stiff as some hardcore Dressage boots, but they're stiff enough to stand up on their own without a tree.

Spanish top for the first time in my life!
Here's to show boots that won't leave my feet numb!


21 comments:

  1. I am an extremely tough fit boot-wise, and I actually own a pair of LMs that are nearly perfect...that I found on consignment at a tack shop for $100. Had I not found them, I would never ever touch LM with a 10-foot pole, given all the horror stories I've heard and seen with my own eyes about that company. Glad you lucked out on eBay!

    And hey, it might be better to have the calf slightly big than continue to cut off your circulation? ;)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I totally agree with you, way to many horror stories in recent years, even though there are still good stories too. And yes, I agree, better to be a little too big than a little too small!

      Delete
    2. I'm just lucky I guess. Times 3 lucky with them.

      Delete
    3. L, I always think of you since you did have a good experience and your boots are so gorgeous. Just a good roll of the dice I guess.

      Delete
  2. So pretty! Between your find and Karen's DeNiros, there's some crazy boot luck out there right now!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I think boots are some of the easiest to find good deals on. They're hard to resell and people think they're hard to repair. I got a brand new pair of Tredstep Donatellos for $15 on eBay once because they had a "broken zipper" - turned out there was just some excess leather caught in the teeth and they were fine after I took a toothpick to them.

      Delete
  3. Those are so yummy and I'm so jealous 😍😍😍

    ReplyDelete
  4. I bought a pair of LM field boots used which I just looooooved until I wore them out. I want to get a new pair but cannot justify the cost at this time. #someday And in the meantime, I will just keep looking on eBay and used tack sites. Enjoy your "new" boots!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Keep an ebay saved search with notifications going! Boots are some of the cheapest things to buy second hand for some reason.

      Delete
  5. Congrats - that is quite the find!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks! I could not say no to that price. They are so nice too, I see why you love yours so much.

      Delete
  6. How have you been riding with numb feet?! I can't do it...

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  7. Wow, guess I need to try ebay for boots

    ReplyDelete

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