Riding boots, as the name suggests, are boots that were originally made while keeping horseback riding in mind. These classic knee-high boots are the core focus of this article. Usually ending right below the knee, these boots protect the feet against friction. It is a pull-on style with no laces, straps, or buckles. The leather sole of a good riding boot should be very flexible and smooth. For horse riders, this means additional transportability and prevention against being caught in the stirrups and falling off.
The traditional riding boot has another variant, called the dress riding boot, which is often worn for dressage and other formal evening equestrian sports.
Seeing riding boots on men in a non-riding context is rare but this style has influenced menswear a lot lately. Hence, this footwear deserves its due as well!
Riding boots are great for formal wear if you don’t shy away from experimentation. A crisp white button-down shirt and tie will do well with a pair of tan riding style boots. Complete the look with a tweed or block-color hacking jacket depending on the event.
One can theoretically wear riding boots in any season, though it’s customary to avoid the dead of winter and the hottest summer days. Nevertheless, riding boots are perfectly wearable throughout the rest of the year.
The modern riding styles have been designed with better ventilation and insulation to cater to the everyday needs of the wearer. The fit of the ‘causal’ riding boot is one of the reasons that mainstream retailers shy away from them, and hence there are not many options available in the market for these boots.
Now that you know about riding style boots and probably already thinking of all the times you can wear these, let us introduce you to our Rancho boot. Inspired by the classic Portuguese-style riding boot, the Rancho speaks to simplicity and function. This 10-inch tall boot features subtle red stitching and banding, and hidden reinforced pull tabs. Our water-resistant waxed Portuguese leather takes on a beautiful patina over time. Finished with a Vibram® half-sole and heel protector, the Rancho can withstand a tough lifestyle, whether it be a day on the bike or a day at the ranch.
Like all Urban Shepherd Boots, the Rancho is made with genuine leather midsole and heel counter, hand-laid cork footbed, hand-shaped stacked leather heels, and Genuine Goodyear Welt Construction, a durable welt process that allows our boots to be resoled repeatedly.