So yeah, I am a jerk. I often think this when I see snooty girls stomping around the mall wearing riding boots. They all look like the type that have never seen the inside of a barn or been on the back of the horse. I know I shouldn't typecast but I do. A lot. For me I feel that my riding boots are a right of passage. I earned my boots. It is really really dumb to feel that way I'm sure. I didn't get my dress boots until I'd cleaned hundreds of stalls, spent hours in the saddle, been stomped on, dragged, bitten, had snot blown all over, and truely loved and been loved by a horse. They were something I wanted my WHOLE life! I would see riders wearing beautiful black boots in my old horse books and thought one day when I have a horse I will have fancy boots like this. And I finally got them for my birthday a few years ago from my boyfriend/now husband. They are beautiful but they are for function and not fashion and I did my time and earned the right to wear them .Yep I'm a jerk....lol!