|Yeah THESE THINGS|
My custom (pull-on) Dehner field boots arrived back in August of 2014 and I have not had the inclination to do much with them, for no reason whatsoever. I was so excited about them initially that it's pretty pathetic how I let them sit in a closet for the next seven months, but....whatever. I remember when I initially tried them on that they felt almost a little loose in the calf and not as tall as I expected them to be (you know, the "I can't bend my knees and I never will again!" feeling). I could bend my knees with only minimal discomfort, so I sort of freaked out thinking that they were too short.
I'm not completely convinced that they're *not* too short, but Dehner told me to go ahead and break them in and we'll see if anything needs to be adjusted or done over. They're also missing the swagger tabs that I requested (my perfect boot experience was anything but), so the boots ARE going back to Omaha at some point, we'll just see after they break down if they're going to be obnoxiously short or not. I don't love super tall boots, so if they end up not being fashionably tall, I'm ok with that, I just don't want them looking completely ridiculous.
I also don't love the painted-on look of the new zippered boots these days. I do prefer a riding boot to look like a more traditional riding boot, but it's tough looking at these now having seen almost nothing but painted-on boots for the last year or so (mine not included, obviously). I'm trying to remind myself that YES, they will be baggier above the ankle and that's totally fine. No zippers means I won't look like the majority of riders these days, but I'm sure as heck not dealing with zipper drama anymore either.
I will say that this was my first custom boot experience, and I wore a pair of thick socks intentially thinking that would help me avoid recieving boots that were too tight...instead I think that threw off the measurements enough to make them feel loose at first. To Dehner's credit, they have super customer service and even seven months later, are ready to take the boots back anytime to make adjustments and add the swagger tabs. I just need to get these broken in first, so they can install the tabs and make any needed adjustments in one trip.
So here I am breaking in the Dehners. They took a hot bath this morning and now I'm wearing the around until they dry in order to expedite the break-in process. I'm debating taking them to the barn to check out Soonie, or dunking them again this evening and wearing them around the hotel some more later. Not sure. The Bathtub Method is way easier, though, so there's that.
|Water up to mid-calf!|
|They don't look as huge as I thought|