"From the Box to the Barn with Zero Break In Time". The Sydney boots are touted as budget friendly and low-maintenance, with a back zip, tapered ankle, snap at heel and zip cover, available in a variety of calf width and heights for an excellent, leg hugging fit.
Sure, I was skeptical .... but I had also just busted the zipper on my favorite pair of black dressage boots and was desperate for a quick (and affordable) replacement. Petrie is a great name, and at a price of only $299.95 - who could resist?
So here's the deal: the operative wording in Dressage Extensions' description of the Sydney boots is "dressage minded" - because while yes, the boots have a lovely, leg-lengthening, high Spanish top, so they LOOK "dressage-y", we know in our hearts (and our blister-free ankles, and the back of our knees) that the Sydney's are really more of an "allrounder" than a true HARDCORE "dressage" boot. Dare we say it ... MAYBE THAT'S OK.
Yes, yes - we KNOW stovepipe-stiff dressage boots are painful for good reason: to ensure proper leg position and aids, bhah blah blah ... and, masochistic as they are, they DO look (and stay) so long and elegant.
But lets get real here. I don't know about you, but I've come to accept the fact that I'm probably not going to the OLYMPICS. So on rainy days, or gorgeous sunny days when my trainer's not looking, or when I'm out on a hack, or when the zipper breaks on my stovepipes at a show ... I ask you, dear readers:
Can it BE SO WRONG to want to slip into a pair of boots that FEEL SO RIGHT?