The last time I wore my tall boots was at a show with Winston more than two years ago. The boots were brand new at the time; a bit tight and uncomfortable at first but okay by the end of the three day show.
I tried to wear them this evening when Brett and I rode after I got home from work. I expected them to be a bit tight since they were never fully broken in before our move. I want to show Lucy sometime this year so they need to be fully broken in. My plan was to wear them at least once a week.
I was able to get the right boot on. It was tight but bearable. The left? No go. I couldn't get it past the base of my calf. It must have shrunk -- I can't believe that one calf swelled up and the other didn't. I need to measure my calf to make sure but I'm 99% certain it hasn't changed substantially.
The boots were expensive; semi-custom Petries. They do not have a zipper or gussets. I can't afford new boots -- heck, these are new boots. What to do? Any advice? I'm going to google the question; I'm not adverse to adding gussets. I need that darn boot to fit.
I'm sending an SOS out to all of you who ride in tall boots.