What the experts say about D'angles:
John Lyons Perfect Horse: "The heels-down design of the D'angles stirrup pads are comfortable, and the wide footbed gives secure footing in your stirrup...The simple design not only helps you keep your heels down, but gives a steadier and probably safer ride... The slanted footbed could also help the foot slide out easier in the event of a fall."
Equestrian Retailer: "It took a visionary to come up with D'angles...Everybody loves these pads. It doesn't matter what kind of riding they do, just as long as it's English--jumpers, dressage, you name it...It's an all-American invention, but American riders won't hold on to their advantage for long. D'angles pads are international now, and foreign sales are growing."
Practical Horseman: "Our tester, an amateur dressage rider working with a professional trainer, loved D'angles. She found that the pads made putting her heel and her leg into proper contact with the horse's side much easier. Her trainer, who expected the pads to be a "gimmick" or a "crutch," quickly changed her opinion after observing the test ride, pronouncing them "great" and noting that the tester's leg position improved immediately, without shortening the stirrup leathers or making any other adjustments."