On Savile Row, in London, almost every shop has a pair for old riding boots displayed in their windows, almost as if the act of doing so is the prerequisite to being a Savile Row space occupant. Yet none of them are new. They are all very old and beat up looking, more relics than anything, yet are very elegant and intriguing. It’s funny to think about how moving to new countries truly opens your eyes to new things that maybe you knew existed but never thought to appreciate. For me, riding boots is one of those things.
After coming to England, seeing all of them displayed in the windows, finally watching the film Out of Africa and admiring a pair that one gentleman was wearing in a croccodile skin as well as another that is an antique and is in the Bentley’s shop at G&H, I have truly come to admire riding boots, yet still don’t know if I would ever actually wear them or really just admire them.
This brings us to the pairs that are pictured here, which come from a new luxury clothing-product website, Mad About Town, and are absolutely amazing and the best that I have seen yet. While I feel that riding boots stem from the heritage of British culture, it come’s as a shock (not really) that an Italian shoe firm (Bestetti) would make the most beautiful one’s that I have seen thus far. It wasn’t until I saw those top one’s that I really wanted a pair. But at a cost of $3000 to own them, although they do say that they are bespoke, it is quite a bit out of my price range and it’s not something that I think that I can resort to making, as I would not have the patience to do so. Nevertheless, I am finding that here in England, an exchange of services without the involement of money is quite common, so maybe I can find someone who makes them and start to bargain!