Horse Riding Boots and Country Footwear
Mustad Saddleworld offers a huge selection horse riding boots and country footwear, including jodhpur boots, dress boots, work boots, casual boots, gumboots and other footwear.
Our range of riding boots, work boots and kids footwear will leave you with options for the whole family!
Look stylish and feel comfortable with stock from the best brands including R.M Williams, Blundstone, Eurohunter, Cully, Ariat, Bogs and more.
The classic riding boot often has high sides, rising high enough to prevent the leathers of the saddle from pinching the leg of the rider. It has a sturdy toe to protect the rider's foot when on the ground and has a distinct heel to prevent the foot from slipping through the stirrup. The sole is smooth or lightly textured to avoid being caught on the tread of the stirrup in the event of a fall.
The modern riding boot is relatively low-heeled, with a heel of less than one inch, though historically a higher heel was common. Some styles of cowboy boots still retain a higher heel for style more than practicality.
There are a number of different riding boot variations, intended for different styles of riding.
Types of Riding Boots
Tall Riding Boots
Tall boots, which end just below the knee of the rider, include field, dress, and hunt boots. These are standard show apparel, worn by competitors in the showjumping, hunting and dressage disciplines.
Field Riding Boots
Field boots and a style of riding boot that get their name from the military officers that traditionally wore them.
Field boots have lacing at the vamp, which gives greater flexibility so the rider is more comfortable riding with the shorter stirrup length required for jumping.
Due to the extra give, field boots are popular with riders competing jumping disciplines, including show jumping and eventing.
Field boots also have an extra layer of leather on the toe for protection, called a toe cap.
Jodhpur Riding Boots
Jodhpur boots, also known as paddock boots, are short boots that come just above the ankle. A stylish and practical choice, jodhpur boots are most frequently worn for pleasure riding and everyday use
Jodhpur boots are often worn by children and teenage riders because they are less costly for rapidly growing children than tall boots.
Jodhpur and paddock boots come in both lace-up and elastic-sided slip-on designs. The elastic side boot is commonly used in Australia as a riding boot and dress boot. Elastic-sided riding boots are part of the required attire in Australian Stock Horse turnout competitions and for Pony Club riding.
Heavier versions, such as Blundstone boots, are made for general work and labouring but are not suitable for riding due to their heavy, deep-grooved soles.
Western boots as known as cowboy boot are a specific style of riding boot, historically worn by American ranchers, commonly referred to as cowboys. Western riding boots have a Cuban heel, rounded to pointed toe, high shaft, and no lacing.
There are two basic styles of cowboy boots, the classic western riding boot, and the roper riding boot.
The classic western style has a tall boot shaft ending at the mid-calf, with an angled cowboy heel, usually over one inch high. A slightly lower, still angled, walking heel is also common.
The toe of western boots was originally rounded or squared in shape but pointed styles became popular in the mid-twentieth century.
The tall shaft, loose fit, and lack of lacing helps prevent the rider from being dragged as the rider’s foot will come loose freeing the rider even if the boot is stuck in the stirrup. While mounted, the shaft also protected the lower leg and ankle from rubbing on the stirrup leathers, as well as fending off brush and thorns
A newer design, the roper style, has a short boot shaft that stops above the ankle but before the middle of the calf, with a lower and squared-off heel shaped to the sole of the boot, usually less than one inch high. Roper boots are usually made with rounded toes, but styles with a squared toe are sometimes available.
The roper style is also manufactured in a lace-up design which often fits better around the ankle and is less likely to slip off, but lacing can create safety issues for riding.
Modern dress boots are available in a range of styles and colours. Traditionally they do not have lacing at the ankle, and are generally stiffer than other boot styles.
They are often worn by dressage riders, eventers in the dressage phase and showjumpers.
Dress boots for riding and showing are traditionally black in color. A recent fad is dress boots for dressage that are cut to go extra high on the outside of the knee.
Dress boots have become a popular option for fashionable men looking for a refined take on the Australian work boot, known as the Chelsea Boots. Featuring an iconic elasticated gusset and back pull tab, these sleek pull-on boots will take you from the office to weekend gatherings and even formal events.
Other Types of Boots
Work and Safety Boots
If a job’s gotta be done and you’ve gotta pull on your trusty work boots and go do it! But when you’re doing heavy work day in and day out, you need the right work boots.
Not every job requires the same protection, so the type of boot you need considerably varies according to your profession and, of course, personal choice.
We stock all the popular styles of safety boots with your choice of steel toe caps, laces, zips and elastic-sides.
Steel safety toe caps are a must if you work with heavy objects - or a horse that has a habit of stepping on you! Steel caps provide the maximum protection against impact, cuts, penetration and rolling forces.
With pull-on, kick-off laceless convenience, elastic -sided work boots are a popular choice for people working on the farm or stable. Leave a pair by the door and slip them on and off as your need to.
An advantage of lace-up work boots is that they offer personalised comfort. You get to decide how tight or how loose they are by how tightly you tie them. This added snugness can mean better arch and ankle support, which can make a difference for workers with low arches or overworked ankles.
Zip up boots are growing in popularity because they combine the convenience of slide-on boots thanks to a concealed side zip but with the personal and supportive fit of laces. These boots are great for horse-owners who take their boots off and on all day.
The humble gumboot: staple of the farm and stable. Many Australians still think of Wellington boots in those terms, with their functional but unglamorous reputation for being the type of durable rubber footwear; ideal for mud, heavy rain and other messy or sticky situations.
However, gumboots have come a long way. More than just rubber boots, today’s wellies have genuinely evolved into an essential footwear item for reasons of both function, comfort and fashion.
They’ve become a firm favourite music festival-goers as much as they have been loved by farmer. Lucky, we have a range of styles to suit both camps.