It’s fall and there’s no shortage of wonderfully equestrian inspired tall boots. I’m so happy that we can wear tall boots year after year; they are basically timeless. English or Western, these will be sure to please the pony princess or cowgirl in all of us little ladies.
No riding in these boots, purely for pretty, so keep them away from the poo pile 😉
La Canadienne Shaw $425
Gucci Horse Bit Tall $1150
Vince Coleton Suede Neiman Marcus $595
Tory Burch Grace Leather Riding Boots $495
Donald J Pliner Tall Stretch Back Roz Boot $298
MARC by Marc Jacobs Over the Knee Moto Boot $598
What I love about real Western riding boots, they can be worn as fashion. It’s pretty clear that I’m wearing real riding boots when I go to the store in my dirty Ariat Challengers. I have a pair of Tony Lamas, and they look just as great with my skinny jeans out on the town as they do in the ring doing work. These riding boots (except the Tony Lamas) haven’t been approved in the saddle, but will look cool with a skirt, skinny jeans, flair jeans (the newest old trend making a comeback), and shorts (if you’re under the age of 35).
Tony Lama Style 1797
Frye Molly Stretch Back Tall Boots $418 (Neiman Marcus)
Frye Leslie Tall Boots Dark Brown $498 (Neiman Marcus)
Frye Croc Embossed Boots $418 (Neiman Marcus)
Donald J Pliner Tall Western Suede Boots $398
Donald J Pliner Dela Vintage Zip Boot Tupe $398
Many of these boots are rather expensive, so think of this an an investment piece. Tall riding boots are classic. With proper treatment (care for them like you care for your riding boots) and you can wear them for years to come.
There are some really fun new backpacks this fall for students, but what about for the rider (and those of us <cough> beyond our school years)? Riders carry bulky items like helmets, and we need our hands free to fuss with bridles, so I’ve been searching for a backpack that useful in the barn, but can be worn after riding and doesn’t make me look like I’m about to hike the Appalachian trail.
If you don’t mind a little dust on some butter soft Italian leather, it’s reasonably priced at $320. I believe I found the perfect backpack. Brand new this fall season, the Asmar Equestrian’s Firenze Backpack is gorgeous. It was specifically designed for the rider in mind, so it can hold your helmet and riding accessories, yet is so beautiful, it can go to a restaurant or to town after your hack, and I won’t look like a mutton dressed in tween’s clothing. Measuring 15″ x 11″ x 3.5″, you will have plenty of room for your wallet, keys, makeup bag and polo wraps ;). No wonder they’re my go-to equestrian brand this year.
Asmar Equestrian Italian Leather Backpack Brown
Asmar Equestrian Italian Leather Backpack White
For those of you willing to spend a little more, Prada makes a fun backpack, which is made from their Tessuto easily washable nylon. At $920 (for the camo print), it’s pricey, but should last a long time. Measures 14″ x 14.5″ x 6″. It’s light and strong and should be able to carry most of a rider’s needs. It comes in other colors like pink and red.
Again, with the higher end, Gucci has a nice canvas backpack, however, I’m not convinced it’s perfect for a barn setting, maybe for the girl that has a full time groom and a trust fund $1200….you be the judge:
Another fun option is Tory Burch. At $195, you won’t break the bank. Her camouflage canvas logo backpack is roomy, and cute – getting a camo theme here, right?
Okay, I haven’t forgotten the boys. Many backpacks are gender neutral, and men typically aren’t as picky about what they carry on their backs, but for the discerning man with a little dinero to burn, I love these: