Day 65 of the Shoe Challenge – Savage Stocking Eating Boots

When it comes to boots, I like them to be tight, as close to knee length as possible and preferably high heeled.  This probably dates back to  the time when I did quite a bit of horse riding.  Riding boots need to be snug and preferably high enough to stop bits of your upper inner calf going black and blue. Boots with zips on the inside legs are out for riding as are jeans because these have a tendency to rub away the skin on your inner calves and thighs.
I very well remember my very first pair of riding boots which were not dissimilar to these:

Harry Hall Child's Start Riding Boots

On Sunday riding mornings I would spend about half an hour wriggling into my riding boots and spend as much time before and after my lessons stomping about in them.  I liked to imagine that I was a small highway person, a distant relation of Dick Turpin.
The thing that I always disliked about riding boots as opposed to Western style cowboy boots is the complete lack of heel.  Most English riding boots are almost completely flat. There is literally nothing to stop you slipping forward off the stirrups in the middle of a rising trot and face planting into a sweaty pony mane. I have never forgotten the smell of warm horse hair – it’s a bit like smelling cooking lawn mowings. When I started learn to jump fences on horseback the fear of face planting became even more acute. I would often wonder whether having higher than flat boots would improve matters.
In Australia, R M Williams do some smashing bushman riding boots:
I have always hankered after the tall, fitted, Western style riding boots like these:
From a design point of view as well as a comfort factor for riding, I  prefer long fitted boots with a zip or stretchy elastic up the the back of the calf.

Pilion Brand Chocolate Leather Back Zip Calf Boots

Despite the fact that back zip boots generally fit and look better than side zip boots,  it is really hard to find ones that don’t blister your Achilles tendon or the backs of your heels.  However, the Savage Stocking Eating Boots are very comfortable as well as being nicely shaped. Their only failing is their voracious hunger for tights – I went through thee pairs just crossing and uncrossing my legs in them.
Of course, in Dick Turpin’s day the tights were made of sterner denier ratings. If I matched these with leggings, a floor length cape and a tri-cornered hat,  I might pass for a small highwayperson even if it is more in the manner of my style icon Barbara Windsor in Carry on (No one’s safe from big) Dick than say, the genteel Alfred Noyes:
He’d a French cocked hat on his forehead, and a bunch of lace at his chin;
He’d a coat of the claret velvet, and breeches of fine doe-skin.
They fitted with never a wrinkle; his boots were up to his thigh!
And he rode with a jeweled twinkle–
His rapier hilt a-twinkle–
His pistol butts a-twinkle, under the jeweled sky.

Carry On Dick (1974) Image Credit: Peter Rogers Productions

4 thoughts on “Day 65 of the Shoe Challenge – Savage Stocking Eating Boots

  1. I had a paid of black suede Santa Fe’s from RM Williams with the cuban heel. Custom made and I gave them away at some stage because I never quite felt comfortable about wearing them. *sigh*

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