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#2250519 - 04/17/11 12:17 AM Ariat vs Tony Lama?
MSAR_Fan Offline

Registered: 08/26/10
Posts: 813
i am trying to decide what kind of boots to get, and i have never owned tony lama boots by they have several styles like.

My motorcycle boots are Ariat, and i wear them pretty much every day for everything.

Anyone here have enough experience with each to tell me which is really the best?

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#2250521 - 04/17/11 12:25 AM Re: Ariat vs Tony Lama? [Re: MSAR_Fan]
cannon9 Offline

Registered: 07/01/10
Posts: 56
I got a pair of both the Ariats are way more comfertable but the tony lamas that I have were my grandpas and are about 15 years old and a size to small for me but they seem to hold up way better then the Ariats. Hope this helps.

#2250523 - 04/17/11 12:28 AM Re: Ariat vs Tony Lama? [Re: cannon9]
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Registered: 12/05/06
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Loc: College Station/Bryan
Just depends on what kind of boots you want. I wont ever own another pair of tony lamas and wont buy ariats. Anderson Bean is the only way to go.

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#2250579 - 04/17/11 05:32 AM Re: Ariat vs Tony Lama? [Re: KWood_TSU]
NewGulf Offline
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Registered: 09/16/09
Posts: 14072
Loc: New Gulf, Texas
ive been wearing Twisted X and Double HH for the past few years and dont have any complaints....they arent them ugly square toes either 2cents

#2250691 - 04/17/11 08:32 AM Re: Ariat vs Tony Lama? [Re: NewGulf]
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Registered: 01/12/10
Posts: 4343
Loc: Tyler, Tx
Ariats over Tonys everyday. I wear ariats daily, my feet would fall off if I tried to do that on concrete floors in Tonys.

#2250707 - 04/17/11 08:46 AM Re: Ariat vs Tony Lama? [Re: Chuck McDonald]
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Registered: 03/10/09
Posts: 6795
Loc: Bridgeport, Tx
Ariats definitely easier on the feet.

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#2250711 - 04/17/11 08:48 AM Re: Ariat vs Tony Lama? [Re: poisonivie]
pdr55 Offline

Registered: 04/14/09
Posts: 1367
Loc: TEXAS,bygawd
They are both made in china..........Flip a coin.

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You`re walking on the fighting side of me. (Merle)

#2250825 - 04/17/11 09:59 AM Re: Ariat vs Tony Lama? [Re: pdr55]
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Dont mean to be a contrarian but Tony's are made in ElPaso...You are correct though that Ariats are made in red China...I have heard from alot of guys that the new "gel" insole padding in Ariats makes for a super comfortable feel and wear. All things being equal Ariats "tend" to be a little bit more narrow than Tonys ( yes I know you can pick different widths) where as the front end of Tonys tend to be a little more will also notice a few more choices in style with Tonys. The real trick to picking out a boot that is going to last is the actual thickness of the should never be able to grab the leather of a boot across the tops of the toe area and pinch it together...Thin leather ,ofcourse, wears out quickly...Also you want to make sure that the heel of the boot is always at least partially wider than the base of the boot. there should always be a "spur ridge"..this is not only functional if you do wear spurs but it keeps the heel cap of the boot from "slumping".

#2250830 - 04/17/11 10:08 AM Re: Ariat vs Tony Lama? [Re: Bull_Rope]
stxranchman Online   content
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Registered: 08/04/10
Posts: 51852
I have worn both boots for many years. Ariats are not made like the used to be. Still comfortable but not made to last very long. Tony Lamas are comfortable and made very well. Nowdays I buy from Olathe Boot Co. Great boots for the money.


#2250853 - 04/17/11 10:20 AM Re: Ariat vs Tony Lama? [Re: stxranchman]
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Registered: 11/19/08
Posts: 43693
Loc: Kingwood
I like Ariats for work boots, but would rather have TLs, lucchese, mahans or Noconas for dress.

#2250859 - 04/17/11 10:25 AM Re: Ariat vs Tony Lama? [Re: rifleman]
COWDOG Offline
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Registered: 11/16/09
Posts: 1359
Loc: Fort Worth - Runnels - Llano
Whatever one is the most comfortable. Never buy a boot because of brand. If it fits... your feet will thank you at the end of the day.

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#2251058 - 04/17/11 01:19 PM Re: Ariat vs Tony Lama? [Re: COWDOG]
rockyraider Offline
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Registered: 10/23/07
Posts: 348
Loc: Round Rock
I won't ever buy Ariat, no cowboy boot should ever be made in China. I like Justin, Tony Llama, Luchassee, Anderson Bean, etc... My next boots will be Anderson Bean's. Some of the custom boot makers in the valley make customs at pretty good prices. Oh yeah, I like those goofy square toe boots!

Edited by rockyraider (04/17/11 01:20 PM)

#2251093 - 04/17/11 01:49 PM Re: Ariat vs Tony Lama? [Re: rockyraider]
KC Offline
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Registered: 09/29/08
Posts: 16251
Loc: Hunt County
I got 4 years out of my last Ariat heritages. Got a new pair in the closet and wear WorkHogs for everything else. Dans comfortable and reasonably priced. I have no problem with boots made in china- we're slitting our own throats with unreasonable labor costs and environmental regs...

It is what it is...

#2251262 - 04/17/11 03:49 PM Re: Ariat vs Tony Lama? [Re: KC]
MSAR_Fan Offline

Registered: 08/26/10
Posts: 813
Well I went with a pair of corrals that were marked down form 300 to 125

They fit best and look great. Thanks for all your help

The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire

Do not confuse "duty" with what other people expect of you; they are utterly different.

#2251448 - 04/17/11 05:51 PM Re: Ariat vs Tony Lama? [Re: MSAR_Fan]
devildog28 Offline

Registered: 02/06/09
Posts: 11099
Loc: Joisey Villuge
The GF wears Ariat riding boots and them things are tough. My next pair will be Ariats but my Timberland Pro boots are still barely showing any signs of wear after 3 years so hopefully it'll be a few more years. I hope I'm the only one here that's made a mistake and bought Red Wings. Talk about crappy boots!


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