Often times, we sense a reluctance from customers when it comes to moving forward on custom riding boots. The reasons for this may be one of the following:
I need the boots today. I can not wait for 4-6 weeks.
What if the boots do not fit well when they arrive?
Are the custom boots going to cost me a fortune vs. ready-to-wear stock boots?
In this post, we explore the reasons behind these questions and attempt to answer them. We hope this will assist in your decision-making process.
Maybe you are looking to order custom boots because you do not fit in standard size boots? Maybe they fit but not quite as well as they could? Or maybe you would want boots that look a bit more unique? Something that reflects your personality.
In addition to a very large selection of stock boots, we now offer a lot of options in custom boots as well.
Dressage or Show Jumping, we have you covered
Whether you are looking for everyday boots or show boots. Whether dressage or show jumping or equitation, we offer a lot of choices.
Not only can you design your dream boot, it will be fully custom for you. We are not talking about the semi-custom boots that other outlets offer. Say if your left foot or calf is different than the right. That will be accommodated for in the custom boots.
What Is Next?
If you are serious about custom boots, just fill out the form below. We will reach out to you to schedule an appointment for measurement.
The process is simple:
Make an appointment for measurement
Show up to the appointment
Design your boots (we will help you with every step, so it is not overwhelming)
YAY!! It is that time of the year again. The holidays are upon us. We know you might be stressed about what to get as gifts for your equestrian friends and family. Worry not, we have a helpful guide that will calm your nerves and bring smiles to your friends/family.
Without further ado, we hereby present to you the 2018 Holiday Gift Guide for Equestrians. For this year, we have categorized the list by gender. First up is the gift guide for your female friends.
[FOR HER]Lotus Romeo Long Sleeves Technical Show Shirt For those in your friends/family that prefer long sleeve shirts with UV protection, this one is a clear winner. New for 2018, this shirt is a back-to-the-basics design. It is available in 4 colors: White, Navy, Green Mint and Grey
[FOR HER]Eric Javits Large Brim UV Protected Visor “Champ II” – This new visor is an improvement over the most popular horse-show visor ever. This one sports a 4.5″ brim (compared to the 3.25″ for the Champ) for even more sun protection. This one makes a super thoughtful gift for your mom or trainer that is at the horse show all day, rooting for you from the sidelines.
[FOR THE TRAINER]No Shout Trainer Communication System “Rapide”. Are you tired of hearing the trainer yell at the top of his/her voice? Do you wish for a more quieter form of training? Look no further than this new wireless communication system. With this system, the trainer speaks into the microphone. The student can listen in privately the instructions and focus on implementing the coach’s advice.
[FOR HER]Ready To Wear Dressage Tall Boots “Roma” – New for the 2018-19 season, we are presenting this luxurious dressage ready-to-wear boots made in Italy by Secchiari. Secchiari is a famous name in bootmaking.
[UNISEX] Shock Absorbing Hunter Stirrups by Flex On – After the immense success of the Flex On Shock Absorbing Stirrups, the company has introduced a stirrup designed exclusively for the hunter ring. These stirrups solve your back, knee and ankle pain problems. The special built-in elastomer material provides shock absorbing ability.
[FOR GIRLS]Girls Lightweight Show Jumping Breeches “Elsa” – For 2019, we are proud to announce the arrival of lightweight show jumping breeches for girls ages 6 through 15. These breeches are made from lightweight stretchy fabric, making them ideal for warmer weather. The breeches come with silicone printed grip on the knee patch.
[UNISEX] Freejump Liberty Boots and Mini Chaps Combo – One of the most popular boot-chaps combination on the market. For good reason too. The Freejump boots are like tennis sneakers when it comes to comfort. With ankle protection jockstrapping systems, these boots combine the best in sports technology with equestrian flair.
What do you think of this list? Do you own any of these items? Are you thinking about buying them? Let us know with your comments below! We would love to hear your feedback.
The anatomical bridle collection by Schockemoehle Sports has been expanding since its initial launch in early 2017. Whether you are looking for a snaffle or a double, with 1 brow band or 2 brow bands, with or without fleece padded nose band, rolled or flat leather, brown or black, we have a bridle for you.
In fact, this collection now includes a new style of snaffle bridles, i.e. without a flash. Go ahead and explore what bridle works for you. You will not go wrong with any of these. These high quality anatomic bridles have become extremely popular across levels of dressage competition, whether you are just starting out or grand prix level.
The biggest event in Equestrian Sports is around the corner. Yes, we are talking about the World Equestrian Games aptly hashtagged as #tryon2018! While we normally do not attend many shows out of the Winter Equestrian Festival (WEF) in Wellington, this is one event we are planning to attend. The dates are Sep 10th through Sep 23rd.
Given that this event occurs once every 4 years, it is kind of a big deal. The best of equestrian sports is displayed at the biggest stage. It almost seems like WEF 2018 was finished just yesterday. The summer has flown by. That is partly because we have been busy preparing for #tryon2018.
We are pleased to announce that we will be a proud vendor at the #tryon2018 games. Our signature state-of-the-art trailer (with new signage and improvements) will be stationed for the entire 2 weeks nearby the Food Court area.
That said, we would like to give you a sneak peak into what we are offering during the #tryon2018 WEG event.
Custom Show Jackets (Short Coats and Long Tailcoats) by Lotus Romeo
Since late 2016, a brand called Lotus Romeo has been a rising star in the custom show jackets space. It has been a real pleasure to promote Eva Szekely’s brand here in the USA. That is because Eva believes in making no compromises and works on one coat at a time. Each jacket is a labor of love. We are aligned completely with Eva’s philosophy so it is a win-win situation. We believe you should have unlimited options to freely design your show coat.
Meet the Owner and Creative Director of Lotus Romeo at WEG
Yes, you can meet Eva in person at WEG. Just stop by our trailer at WEG anytime to say hello.
Some of the better known brands do not want to offer you more than 3 design options, because they are based on a mass-manufacturing model. That model is in direct contradiction to the customer’s needs. At Lotus Romeo, every jacket is made individually with the same attention to detail and worksmanship. What is more is that the jackets can be tailored to fit you perfectly. You do not have to be an exact size 34, 36, 38, 40 etc to get a perfect fit.
All in all, we have been very pleased with the quality of the Lotus Romeo jackets. Our customers are the best testimonials. They have become Lotus Romeo fans for life.
Whether you want a dressage tailcoat/shadbelly or a short jacket, we have a unique jacket for you. The shortcoats from Lotus Romeo are designed to be head-turners. Elegance underlines the basic design philosophy “the art of unforgettable style”.
Custom Dressage and Show Jumping Boots by Secchiari
Secchiari Italy is a bootmaker with passion. Each boot is handmade in Italy. Their approach to bootmaking is to make boots that strike the perfect balance of comfort, style and quality. The top selling boot from Secchiari is the Athena model. This has consistently been a crown favorite.
More recently, we have started doing fully custom boots with Secchiari as well. The advantages of these custom boots are many, chief among them:
Faster Delivery Times (4 to 6 weeks)
Boots that fit right the first time, eliminating the need for refitting and additional delays
Softer Leather to allow for easy break-in
Come see us at WEG to check out all the beautiful designs of boots! Whether it be dressage, show jumping, hunter or equitation, we have a tall boot for you.
Mix And Match Show Jumping (and Hunter) Anatomic Bridles by Schockemoehle Sports
New for the upcoming season is the Mix And Match concept by Schockemoehle Sports. Not only do you get an anatomically designed bridle that is perfect for the show ring, now you get to build-it piece by piece.
What does that mean, you ask? You can pick different sizes for each of the elements of the bridle: Browband, Headpiece, Noseband etc. So if your horse does not fit into a standard Full Size bridle, you can custom configure the pieces to provide a perfect fit.
The top selling bridle for the hunter ring has been the Montreal Select. It is available in Espresso as well as Royal Oak. With just the right amount of padding, this anatomic bridle scores big wins in both the show jumping and hunter rings.
There is also the new Bridle by Schockemoehle Sports, titled Tokyo Select, which features a fully removable flash attachment. You can use the bridle with or without the Flash Attachment. No more hanging loops of leather.
The top selling reins for show jumping and dressage “Dura Soft” continue to shine this season as well. These reins are made from Soft Leather, with embedded hand stopps. They feature a rubberized grip on the one side and leather on the other.
We are planning to bring the entire range of Samshield Helmets to WEG. Some of the newer helmets come with the Rose Gold Trim. Please note that quite a few of these helmets are custom. Normally, it would take 6 to 8 weeks to procure these helmets.
However, in preparation for WEG, we are bringing you these helmets immediately without any wait. You can buy the helmets at WEG and use them right away!
Just like previous years, For Horses keeps it simple and exciting at the same time. They have introduced 2 new breeches and 2 new colors across all their riding pants. The new colors are : Bordeaux and Green!
After the huge success of the original Push Up Show Jumping Breeches “Pat”, FH has created yet another Push Up variant, this time with tights. So you are getting 2 pants in one: tights as well as push up pants. The styling is the same as the original Push Up Show Jumping Breeches “Pat”, but just pull up design like the tights.
Another new model for this year is called the Emma. With a modern take on back pockets and double seams along the sides for extra freedom, the Emma combines style elements from both the Minnie and Remie. Please do keep in mind that the Emma runs slightly bigger than the Minnie and Remie breeches.
So there you have it! We are ready for WEG at #tryon2018. If you can not wait until then, go ahead and purchase your favorites before we sell out! We know WEG will be a very busy affair, so be warned that these items will be sold out following the event.
Custom Show Coats (Fully Personalized and Tailored) by Lotus Romeo
The term “custom show coats” gets thrown around quite loosely. Often times, it means you get a handful of choices for changing the color of the jacket, the collar and buttons etc. While many other brands will offer a “Customization” option, it is usually limited to just a handful of choices that do not affect the styling of the jacket as much as the colors.
A few years ago, we noticed that our customers demanded more flexibility for design options. They did not want to be limited to just 2 styles and 5 colors. They want to mix and match style elements along with different options for buttons, trims, collars and lapels. In other words, customers are increasingly looking to personalize their look. What good is a “custom” jacket if every other rider has the same jacket?
We are thankful to our customers for guiding us in introducing a beautiful line of fully personalized show jackets: Lotus Romeo. This is a brand whose owner’s artistic forte guides her philosophy for the brand “The Art of Unforgettable Style“. Eva Szekely, the owner of Lotus Romeo truly believes in this mantra. The idea is to create a unique jacket for everyone. Personalized Show Clothing should not be un-affordable either.
In late 2016, we introduced Lotus Romeo in a limited launch at the store location. What started as a small bespoke line of show jackets, has now blossomed into a very expansive line of short jackets, hunter shad tailcoat, dressage shads and show shirts.
During the 2 weeks at WEG in #tryon2018, you will have the opportunity to see these jackets up close. You can try them to get a general sense of the overall fit and quality. From all the feedback we have been gathering, Lotus Romeo jackets are being very favorably in terms of styling, quality and comfort compared to offerings from the other bigger brands. In fact, the ironic part is that these “bigger” brands have now started copying the Lotus Romeo model in a desperate effort to catch up.
Dressage Tailcoat Shadbelly “Natasha” from Lotus Romeo (fully configurable and custom)
Natasha – This is the original dressage shadbelly from Lotus Romeo. It remains one of the most popular options to date. With a look that combines the classic with modern, this shadbelly can be configured in a variety of ways.
Dressage Tailcoat Shadbelly “Elegant” by Lotus Romeo (fully customizable and tailored)
Yet another beautiful shad that lives up to its aptly titled model name “Elegant”. With this shad, you can optionally design a bow at the back. The Burgundy color shown below is a new limited edition color.
What Is Included
This is what you get in the Fully Customized Dressage Shadbelly by Lotus Romeo
Base Colors: Black, Navy, Burgundy, Grey and Brown
Collar Color: 30+ Colors (including Satin and Leather)
Collar Piping: 30+ Colors
Cuff Color: 30+ Colors
Waist Piping: 30+ Colors
Buttons: 6 Styles
Mix And Match Styles
Say you like the style of the Natasha but want to add elements from the Elegant model? With the new Deluxe Mix and Match service, you can do that too! Nothing is out of reach anymore. Unlike the other brands, you are not boxed in to just 4 options.
Optionally, a 4 point tailoring adjustment is included as well. This covers:
Sleeve Length Adjustment
Are you ready to design your own dream shadbelly? Wait no more. Click on the button below to get started.