I always ride in half-chaps when I'm in an English saddle. I get a little more of the feel of tall boots without trashing my only (show) pair, plus my legs don't get pinched by the stirrup leathers.
I've got a pair of TuffRiders in suede, and they're all velcro closures. One long strip lengthwise, and an elastic band and velcro closure around the top, with an elastic insert around the calf for some "give". They've held up really well for going on 3 years now.
I just looked for a link to mine... but I think that the model has since changed and they now have a zipper.