|Fits as expected||
- Rubber sole
- Shaft measures approximately 7" from arch
- Heel measures approximately 1.5"
- Boot opening measures approximately 12.25" around
- Advanced Torque Stability
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Classic western construction and traditional stitching highlight the Billie Equestrian boot from Ariat Women's. Full side zip closure. Evolution outsole for flexibility and durability. Duratread heel tap.
Ariat was founded with one simple objective: to provide the most technologically advanced riding boots for the world's top equestrian athletes. Today, Ariat is the leading performance footwear and apparel brand for equestrian athletes around the world. From show jumping to team penning, Ariat boots provide the foundation upon which world-class athletes work, ride, and compete.
- Package Dimensions: 12 x 8 x 4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- ASIN: B0045TFZVQ
- Item model number: Billie
- Date first available at Amazon.com: October 4, 2005
- Domestic Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
- International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
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One other thing. I think the heel height is listed as 1.5 inches. I'm 5'11". When I put these on. I feel way more than a little over six feet tall. I can't really explain it. The heel looks about an inch and a half, but feels much taller. I'm fine with it, but just want to pass that on.
Update: I went to the Ariat website. I found a video which stated that "heel slippage" is common until the boots are worn in a little. So, hope springs eternal!
I am a size 7.5 - these boots fit perfectly. I am also 5'4" which means the short shaft is super flattering to my figure - I wear them with EVERYTHING and am constantly complimented.
My only bummer is that it doesn't seem like Ariat is making these boots in black anymore. My first two pairs were in that color and my last 2 in brown.. Honestly, for a gal that never wears brown shoes, it's quite something that durability, performance and comfort have beat matching my old black everything, rock style.
Ariat's Billie boots are amazing.
The boots are comfy and have that distressed look I wanted (I was able to wear them all day the first day I got them without any pain). I think they're perfect for wearing with jeans, which is what I wear 90% of the time. If they hugged my ankle a bit more I'd say they're five-stars, but as it is, I have no regrets, and I will get lots of wear out of them.
The hard lining for the leather inside the heel of the boot (both boots) has separated at the sole. This is causing damage to the leather just above the sole in the heel. It appears to be a manufacturing issue- the lining was just way too short. I'm taking them to my cobbler to see if he can repair this flaw, as they are too broken in to return at this point.
The stitching of the boots has held up very well, but the leather strips around the heel have not. They have come loose in several areas and scratch off easily.
This is my second regretful experience with Ariat boots after a month or two of wear.
Meanwhile I have purchased a pair of Frye Billy's that were on sale (same shape, different design, no zipper). They were on sale for 60% off and holy moly- they are far heavier duty and better made than the Ariats.
I'm honestly disappointed in the brand. I need a shoe that's beautiful AND tough, for real riding, play and work. I will be switching to Frye boots for the foreseeable future. They are worth the money.
The sizing on these boots is pretty precise. They will fit a little snug when you receive them- and they will break in nicely after a few wears.
Some reviewers complained about the heel being loose. The heel is supposed to be a little loose- it's a riding style boot. If you ride, you'll understand why. Tight heels = blisters and inflexibility.
Some reviewers also complained about the shoe bed being too hard/solid. They come with a nice padded insole, so I can't really agree with that. If you buy boots and the soles are too tough for you, get yourself a set of aftermarket insoles (doesn't that go for all boots?).
The leather is very stiff upon receipt. I think a lot of buyers are mistaking these for cushy soft fashion boots instead of the legit riding/work boots that they are. These are tough and well made. I expect they will probably last a long time as long as you use a good leather sealing/conditioning product.