Tall boot shopping has always been really tough for me because:
- I’m super short. As one of my friends put it, I have “short cannons” LOL
- I have wide calves
So, finding boots off the rack that are short and wide enough is really difficult. When I have found boots that might work, I wasn’t thrilled with the quality or look of them. The leather wouldn’t be very nice, or the fit would be wonky where the proportions of my leg/boot wouldn’t fall in the right place. I’ve always loved the fancy custom boots I’ve seen by DeNiro, Tucci, or Cavallo, but they were out of my price range for all the fancy add ones I wanted. So, I gave up boot shopping for awhile and just did half chaps and paddocks or my old old polo boots.
I think I’ve always known I would have to go custom if I wanted really nice fitting boots, but never took that final step. That is, until I found a custom boot company called Fama 4 All based out of Portugal.
You could pick whatever style of boot you wanted, and all the extra trimmings that other boot companies charge extra for, like leather and trim options, are included in the price. They had so many leather choices in different textures and colors that my head went wild with all the potential options. They were doing a grand opening sale when I found them so I was able to get two pairs of boot for about $625 shipped! That was my budget for just 1 pair so I was ecstatic about getting one pair for schooling and another for shows.
Rebecca, the owner of Fama 4 All, was very responsive through email and happily answered my piles of questions about measurements, styles, and colors. I sent her a ton of photos and sketches of what I wanted my boots to look like and she told me what I wanted would be no problem. They have several different boot styles like, Field, Dress, Polo, and Dressage front zip so I had a few choices. I finally decided on a pair of Havana dress boots with a Havana crocodile leather top, fancy straight toe stitch, square toe, marine blue stitching throughout, and my initials on the back heel protector. I also ordered a pair of matching spur straps and spur protectors too!
For my second pair, I decided on another dress boot but in black with a thin black patent leather top with a strip of marine blue trim, marine blue stitching throughout, fancy wingtip toe, square toe, and “Peony” on the back heel protector with patent leather spur straps and black spur protectors:
Measuring for the boots was pretty straight forward! They provide you a chart on what to measure and the measurements they require are detailed. For example, they asked for the width of my calf, but then also a measurement from the floor to the calf width measurement.This makes sure that they get the shape of your leg correct which was very key for my short legs. They also ask for measurements of the width and length of your foot so if you have oddly shaped feet or one foot is bigger than the other it won’t be a problem. I also have wide feet with a bunion on the baby toe so they were able to take that into account.
After placing my order with Rebecca, the process took about 6-7 weeks for my boots to be completed and another week after that for them to arrive at my door! Rebecca kept me updated on how my boots were going and promptly shipped them out with a tracking number
I was so so scared when I un-boxed them because I was so worried that they wouldn’t fit for some reason, but I put them on and they fit great! They were a bit tight at first which was worrisome but I realized they would stretch and break in after some time. Rebecca actually said that they should be almost too tight to put on so when they break in they will fit well with minimal sagging. Both pairs of boots were really easy to break in and I didn’t have a SINGLE blister from wearing them, just a little bit of discomfort at the very top before they dropped to the right height.
So, how is the quality? The leather isn’t thin and buttery soft, so these boots are meant to last and take a good bit of abuse. I know my two pairs are going to last me a long time. The leather is sturdy while being supple and the workmanship is lovely. The stitching is tight and even with the extra details like my marine blue trim is done perfectly. I’ve had my brown boots now for about 7 months now and I’ve probably kinda cleaned them 1x and have worn them probably 5-6 days a week. I’ve ridden in them during our current rainy/muddy season and in the heat of last summer with no cracking or zipper failures. The only thing is some color fade/rubbing on the inside of the calf which is normal for most boots and a little color loss around the edge of the foot. I think once I hit my boots with some shoe cream those slightly lighter spots will disappear.
Overall, I freaking LOVE my boots from Fama 4 All. Great craftsmanship, lovely details, super customer service, and affordable too!! If you’re at all thinking about getting custom boots I highly highly recommend Fama 4 All. All their styles aren’t shown on their website so reach out to Rebecca for info on any specific style or design you are thinking of. They also have an Instagram so check out their boots at @fama4all or on Facebook under Fama Lusitanos Shop. Tell her Peony sent you her way! 😉
Fama 4 All is currently having a sale on their custom boots for only 320 Euros!! So get them now before they go back up in price!