I love my half chaps. I have two pair, one is a leather pair, I forget the brand but they're pretty nice. I have them put up at this point because I don't want to ruin them with every day use, but they have velcro closure. My other pair are Ovation, synthetic suede, and they are pretty awesome. Super comfy and have stood up to the abuse of riding for quite some time now. Zippers are strong as ever.
I save my tall boots for the shows. They're pretty, but they just aren't comfortable.