equest-shoes-msg - 7/8/15
What shoes or boots to wear for SCA equestrian activities.
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From the FB "SCA Equestrian" group:
When getting into SCA Equestrian, what does one usually do for foot wear to provide enough protection but not break the wallet....? grin emoticon
Many people use modern boots. I'm sure that others will list their favorite period boots as well.
I use standard paddock boots and half chaps. Not period, but does not scream modern either.
Melissa J Haney-Lenarz
I use my modern boots.
I've worn both my modern riding boots, modern "work" boots that could pass for period, and my custom made SCA boots. In terms of protection, I just try not to put my foot under the horse's foot wink emoticon In all seriousness, toe protection was not a facet of boots or footwear in period. I assume they just kept their toes out of the way too.
In the old days. there were Pages or underlings to handle the horse - the rider simply got on. That's part of the equation.
James ApLlewelyn Layne
I wear Justin boots. If like to get the joust boots by viking leathercraft. Most important to me is to be sturdy and have a heel.
I wear tall boots with a short heel from scaboots.com and just be careful not to get stepped on.
James ApLlewelyn Layne
I love those boots Patricia, they only have the one style in my size but it looks nice and the heel looks as good as my justins.
James ApLlewelyn Layne I get about 6 years out of a pair before they self-destruct but I only wear them for SCA equestrian events. My husband wears his for nearly every event, horse or not, and gets 2-3 years out of a pair.
James ApLlewelyn Layne
That's about what I get out of my period Turn shoes that I fight in at every event, so I would be happy to get 2 to 3 years out of them. Thank you for the review.
Start with what you currently like to wear when riding. It's more important that you are comfortable and safe. A lot of riders wear various modern riding boots (cowboy, paddock). Go with dark solid colors. I wear paddock boots with half chaps.
Many great options from Nicole at Revival Clothing.
The Thigh High Riding Boots or the Huntsman Knee Boots are very popular when wearing period clothing and I, personally, like to wear the Ankle Boots when wearing armour (under my greaves). Neither are very expensive and very well made...and fairly accurate to the lat 14th through early 16th c.
If you are just starting, wait a bit for your first period pair of boots. Talk to people who wear period boots about what they like/don't like, their favorite manufacturer, etc. You will spend a good amount of $ and a whole lot of walking/riding in them. Try on as many types as you can. Quality and fit vary. I finally settled on a period boot this year at Gulf Wars. My husband has been wearing his from the same place for 3 years and loves them. Some manufacturers go to Cons and Renn faires as well as SCA events. Gives you opportunities to try on the boots.
I ride in Bohemond boots-- the softer sole takes a bit of getting used to, though. When I'm doing late period, I ride in a pair of 17th century cavalry boots but I take the characteristic "butterflies" off so they look 16th century. Good, hard sole with heel, bit hard on the feet for walking long distances http://www.re-enactmentsupplies.co.uk/index.php...
If you're an equestrian, it goes without saying that shoe store fashion "riding boots" are quite the opposite- those damn saddle-scratching inside zippers. Ugh!
Kristine A Schilling
I found some with a zipper hiding on the back of the leg!
A friend asked me one time, "how can you tell if a person is dressing like a horse rider or if they actually ride?" My response, "zipper location." Lol
I like my period boots, but it was a few years before I could afford the purchase - will definitely get period boots, again, though when the times.
Before that, I wore my Justin Ropers.
Michele Jordan Nufer
I wear paddock boots with my suede Velcro closure half chaps, definitely passes the 10 ft rule... But as always, safety first...
Paddock boots work great. You don't nessicarily need something special or custom made unless you are purposely trying to make a specific outfit. One of my favorite ways to get boots without breaking the bank is by shopping for Paddock boots at a Western Outfitter or for Western boots (cowboy or girl) at an english tack store. If you have work boots or hiking boots, those work as well.
The SCA boots are a great place to start. They're pretty inexpensive, and look fine for 16th century onward (and are passable for 15th C too). Modern riding boots look like modern riding boots, but this is one area where even those of us who delight in being very accurate often make a compromise. I wear long skirts which cover my shoes, so I feel ok wearing my usual paddock boots on the field. I like to have the tread and heel for safety, especially around keyed-up jousting horses. Some people wear really accurate smooth leather-soled boots (see Steve Hemphill's link), and use an enclosed stirrup to prevent their feet slipping through- or are just careful. It's up to you to decide your own comfort level.
Stefan Li Rous Wonderful info, folks.
But what is a "paddock" boot? Is that why stepped heels were developed on boots? So that your feet don't slip through a stirrup?
Crystal Lin Smithwick
4:48pm Jul 8
Paddock boots are modern ankle-high boots that are worn around the barn and paddocks. They are less formal than the tall boots used for dressage. Some paddock boots have elastic sides and slip on, other lace. Most people wear them and save the tall boots for competition. There's another style of riding boot called a roper that looks like a round-toed cowboy boot.