English riding boots are essential gear for any riding discipline. Riding boots give equestrians a polished appearance, but the primary purpose of any riding boot is to aid in-saddle performance. Men’s riding boots, women’s riding boots and children’s riding boots come in two main types: paddock boots and tall boots. Tall boots is a category that contains both field boots and dressage boots. All riding boots have a small heel, typically about 1" high, to help prevent a rider’s feet from sliding through stirrup irons. Riding boots are offered in styles for three-season riding and in insulated, waterproof versions for protection and comfort in winter conditions. Paddock boots, sometimes called jodhpur boots, can be made of full-grain leather, calfskin leather or manmade leather. Genuine leather paddock boots are traditional, breathable and soft once broken-in. Synthetic leather paddock boots are exceptionally easy-care and budget-friendly. Men’s riding boots, women and children rise to just above the ankle. They can secure with classic front laces for maximum adjustability, with a front zipper for quick on and off, or with a combination of lacings in front and a zipper in back to offer the advantages of both styles.