Hi Framemaker. Agree the crop is a slight improvement, but I'm still missing a bit more space at the left (personal opinion). That's why I said "I would have framed it more to the left" and not ˙ou could crop a bit from the right". First because I think that would be more of an improvement and secondly because cropping advice can get a lot of heated reactions on this forum
Also like your second one, The first is just a boot on a post, the second shows it's more than just one and makes it more intrigueing.
In that one you might have focussed on the nearest boot and let the background go more out of focus. Just a thought.