Tredstep Donatello (Attempt #2)

Tredstep Donatello (Attempt #2)

The PLUS SIZED version of the Donatello
Boots by Tredstep, cameo by Lucy dog.

Well, the good news is that the Donatello zip up this time. The bad news is that the only thing worse than having a pair of boots that you know don’t fit is having a pair of boots that sort-of fit. 🙁

My biggest fear when I ordered the plus size Donatello was that I would sacrifice the fit in the rest of the boot for a wide enough calf size to go around my chunky (read MUSCULAR) legs. While the foot still fits well, this pair is pretty loose in the ankleenough so that if I lift the top of my foot up there’s an inch or so between my heel and the sole of the shoe. They’re a little tall (they added 1/2″ to the height in the plus size and it’s just enough to make them uncomfortable) and the top of the boot doesn’t taper in from the wide calf as much as I need it to, so it’s very loose around my knee, too.

Problems everywhere, sigh
Space in the heel/ankle (left), I can fit my whole hand into the side of the boot (middle), and they bring my leg forward more than I want it to be (right).
Testing them in the saddle
I even brought in my saddle so that I could try them out while I was sitting in it.

I can think of a few ways to improve them. The laces are loose elastic right now (I think the ankles would be a tighter fit if they had real laces that I could adjust) and a pair of heel lifts might alleviate the height problem. On the other hand, though, I don’t think there’s any good way to fix the width at the top of the Donatello and I don’t want to make any permanent changes on a pair of boots that I might end up sending back to SmartPak for a refund.

It’s twice as discouraging because these are the only boots I’ve found that will fit my calves (these ones are 16″, though I could probably go 1/4″ smaller), so it looks like the only way I’m going to get a better fit is to spend beaucoup bucks for a custom pair. At this point I’m having trouble accepting a $300 pair of Donatello field boots that have the same amount of problems as the $90 pair of synthetic boots I’m wearing now. But at the same time, I know the synthetic boots are too tight and that they’re hampering my riding…

Looks like I’ll have to wait until Monday to have The Trainer take a look and tell me whether these plus size Donatello are worth keeping or if I’m doomed to spend $1200 on custom boots at some point in the future.

I hate waiting
Back into the box for the weekend, sigh.
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