Autumn Ascot racing featuring Beer festival is about to start, but before having a pint of lager or a pint of ale, lets find those perfect riding boots. A horse rider without his riding boots is almost like a racer without a car, or something like that. Horse raiding and horse racing traditions in UK takes us back to 1711. Even then horse riders needed a proper footwear. For that shoemakers designed boots specifically for horse riding. However, today it’s more of a fashion trend rather than necessity. In our modern world where horse racing is a legacy so as entertainment, FIVE boots-makers stand out with their “riders”. Who are they?
For those who love the highest profile equestrians image and the freedom of riding a horse, you might love those five riding boots brands. Nowadays bootmakers still follow the same shoe making traditions. Even before industrial age, the finest craftsmen were making leather boots and “riders” ( shorter for riding boots). Those traditions are today’s legacy. For generations we’ve been wearing “riders” and making them. From wearable Western boots for riding, to classical butter-soft knee high hunting boots. Today such boots are a form of art not just a necessity.
Lets begin our journey through the best riding boots brands:
I.John Lobb, from London
Of course the best and famous riding boots brands and their makers are from UK. In Britain there is an old tradition of horse riding and racing. It’s been 150 years since J.Lobb began his shoe making career. Lord Bayron used to live in the same premises where Lobb shop is today. This legendary bootmaker was famous and still is for his elegant quality. Just a simple boy from Cronwall became the famous shoemaker of Edward, the Prince of Wales. It’s was such an honer to be a royal bootsmaker. Later other aristocrats, celebrities and politicians wore Lobb boots and they still do so. Today John Lobbs brand is known all around the globe. And it’s not all about riding, but also about fashionable aviation.
II.E. Vogel Inc from New York
E.Vogel boots brand was established in 1879, in Lower Manhattan. For almost four generations this brand have been making riding boots. International equestrian teams, so as jockeys favored Vogels . Even USA Olympic Team wore them. Equestrian champions like Bill Streinkraus, Joe Fargis and Melanie Smith could be thankful to Vogel for supplying those winner boots.
III. Schnieder of London
Going back to London. Just like Lobb, Schnieder is and was approved by the Royal family. This brand bootmakers have been supplying riding boots to the Queen’s Household Cavalry for years and years. Of course, once in a while, English Royal Family members themselves put on those Schnieder boots. It’s fine leather and practical elegance are favored within polo players, jumpers, event and dressage riders.
IV. Tres Outlaws Boot Company from El Paso, Texas
How about some wild west and Texas fashion. The old Mexican craftsmen have been making riding boots for centuries. Americans like to call them cowboy boots. Tres Outlaws Boot Company revived the old western traditions. They turned fashion and necessity into art. Those are hand-tooled rockstar boots. They are all hand-coloured and hand-stitched. One of the oldest and famous client of Tres Outlaws Boot Company is Arnold Schwarzenegger. He has more than 50 pairs of these shoes. Each and every shoe pair is more ostentatious and elaborate than the next pair. This brand wouldn’t be that successful if it wasn’t for Scott Wayne Emmerich, the designer. He didn’t’ make riding boots, he created and crafted them. Today you can visit museums (The Smithsonian and the George Bush Presidential Library) where such grace and artistic beauty is exhibited.
V.Horace Batten in Northamptonshire
From the west to England’s midland. Horace Batten in Northamptonshire. This brand crafts less than 10 hand-made and hand-stitched pairs per week. For seven generations Horace Batten bootmakers have been the leading brand for British equestrians. In 1998 Emma Batten took upon her great-great-great-grandfather’s legacy. Her famous clients are Britain’s leading events rider Harry Meade and even Darth Vader, whose size 14 riding boots have a bargain price now.
Put those riding boots and fallow the legacy of the best Britain’s and American’s “riders” .