The Ariat Heritage III Zip boots have survived quite a while with me, and are still surprisingly going. They were handed down to me from a friend about 4 years ago. So, when I initially got them, they were already put to use. These boots retail for about 440AED/120USD depending on where you purhcase them. They come in two colours:
The Ariat® Heritage III Zip Paddock Boots showcase proven versatility and traditional style, this boot is a true favorite among riders of all disciplines! Riders will feel the support and comfort of the 4LR technology and will appreciate the hard-working Duratread sole’s flexible performance.
- Superior outer that is scuff, stain, and water resistant
- Moisture-wicking and breathable liner
- Four Layer Rebound (4LR) cushions and stabilizes the foot for all-day comfort and performance
- Antiqued brass zipper
- Elastic twin gore at ankle for comfort
- Stylish punched toe cap
As mentioned above, I have had these for a very long time, so they do look pretty worn out with wrinkles, holes, and faded green tips, but I still use them daily for paddock/stables and they still fit pretty well, with a nice height (these are higher than other Ariat paddock boots). Nonetheless, their sizing is somehow not unified, so I would suggest you try them on before purchasing as each model fits differently.
Even though Ariat mentions that the boots are scruff, stain, and water resistant, I don’t quite agree with the water resistance part as I always got my feet soaked when walking in wet grass, or whilst bathing Tofino. They do look decent though and have a punched toe cap, which in my opinion, is hard to see as the boots wear out.
I started to get some holes on the sides due to excessive wear, which honestly doesn’t bother me too much but it does let more water in. They have also become very wrinkly over the years which is common for boots.
They have a very sturdy brass zipper which I never had any issues with. The boot insoles consist of a four layer rebound (4LR) which are meant cushion and stabilize the foot for all-day comfort and performance, however, I found that with long wear, the boots do hurt the arch of my foot, therefore, I simply got thin insoles from Aldo Shoes to place inside for extra comfort.
These boots are made for riding, and have a built in spurt holder which is convenient for those using spurs. However, in my opinion, they do not hold spurs too well as the holder do not protrude enough. The bottom sole of the boots is alright. It does not grip too well on the stirrups though and does wear down. I rarely use/d my Ariats for riding, only sometimes during the summer or unexpected lazy rides, as I would prefer the look and feel of my Veredus or Franco Tucci boots, which I have reviewed already.
• Strong zip
• Great height
• Side elastics
|• Not too comfy for long wear
• Spur holder not protruding enough
• Colour fades
• Lack of strong sole grip on stirrups
Verdict: I would recommend these boots for barn work for those on a budget as they do hold up very well. HOWEVER, if you can splurge on a tougher model, then that would be your best best.