History of jodhpur boots
The jodhpur boot originated in the 1920s in the Indian city of Jodhpur. Polo players in Jodhpur often wore knee-high riding boots. The knee-high boots protected the rider’s calf muscles and prevented chafing. Jodhpur boots replaced these tall riding boots and became popular as riding shoes. The traditional design was modified slightly to suit modern tastes. Nowadays, many horseback riders wear jodhpur boots. Short riding boots are a practical and popular choice – not only for casual, everyday use (e.g. as paddock boots), but also in the saddle.
Short riding boots
As mentioned earlier, the jodhpur boots are a classic. The sleek, wooden heel and leather uppers of jodhpur boots are functional, easy to wear and ensure a comfortable fit on the rider’s legs. While some riders use these boots for jodhpur pants, they can also be worn with regular breeches. Jodhpur boots are typically made of leather or patent leather and feature a ridged sole and a low heel to prevent the rider’s foot from slipping out of the stirrup.
While jodhpur boots are more affordable than long leather riding boots, they may not provide the same level of support and protection. Therefore, most riders pair jodhpur boots with gaiters or half chaps to ensure a good fit. The combination of the two rather than a single piece is an excellent investment, popular among customers.
How to choose the best jodhpur boots?
Keep in mind that the material and quality of short riding boots from various brands will differ. The comfort of wearing should be your first priority on your search for a perfect pair of jodhpur boots. Think about your riding style, the materials you prefer and additional aspects such as lacing, which offers more adjustability. Additionally, some jodhpur boots are equipped with a spur rest that helps keep them in place.
The visual interest is important, too. Most equestrians opt for black or brown jodhpur boots, but some other colors can also be found. Your pair of jodhpur boots should suit your preferences.
How to take care of your jodhpur boots?
Once you’ve made the purchase, take steps in order to ensure the longevity of your jodhpur boots. Clean and dry them regularly. Use boot polish to protect the leather and prevent stains. Drying your jodhpurs is also essential to avoid water damage to the leather.