As further evidence of my, less-than-stabilized mindset, I decided that what's better to help one decide if the boots are the right-boots than ordering more boots.
Had a slight spree on Dover (ugh) and threw three pairs of boots (from $199-$450) in the cart and and expedited them to me. I figure I can only gain clarity (I think?) from some serious compare/contrast. I'm freaked out the Sergio Grasso's are going to be too short and I won't spend that much money on short boots (again).
I will spend less money on off the rack options that are in the 200-400 range if they get me within a 1/2" of ideal. Otherwise I will cry, send everything back and continue to show in my boot-capris and embarrass everyone around me.
I suppose I really should give the Hunter Ring a bit more credit if Prair and I continue to place decently even without me looking perfectly prim and proper.
Maybe it's less superficial than I've always assumed? I could test this theory and try some half chaps, or maybe a purple square pad? how far do you think I could push it???
GAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHH boots. (or problems that aren't actually problems but distract me from obsessing about my horses feet).