Ariat 'Talara' equestrian shoes, new in box, $2.

According to the Ariat website, '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.' So there you have it.

This style of shoe is called a 'mule,' because it has hardly any back to it, sort of like a fancy flip-flop. Apparently it's a popular style among the horse and equestrian crowd, because Ariat makes lots of different styles of the mule shoe. Apparently the Talara style has been discontinued, a fact that may actually be an advantage, since there may be some people out there who had Talaras and liked them, but can't find them anymore.

I bought these shoes for several reasons...

... they only cost me $2, which means literally no risk.

... they're brand new in the box, which is always a benefit because it removes the ambiguities when describing the item's condition.

... they're for a specific niche market, which means they're not likely to be found in every Walmart on the planet.

... they're a recognized brand name product, which means that people are more likely to search for them by brand name on eBay.

Interestingly, these shoes were made in China, so I'm hoping that the Ariat folks have laid down some stringent specifications for their Chinese manufacturers to follow! And since some of these Ariat boots sell for several hundred dollars, this may just be the case.

These Ariat Talara mule style shoes sold on eBay for $48.

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