Originally Posted by trailhorserider
I can't comprehend how boots can cost as much as a saddle. I mean, at the very least, you are using less leather, right!?
It's the custom molded stiffner in the dress boots that make them so expensive. A good dress boot fits snugly, but not tight, lies flush with the thigh/knee at the top, has a custom molded whalebone, high quality zipper and sole, is very hard and the leather is of such high quality that it shines without polish and has no blemishes.
A mid/low range saddle can have blemished leather, especially buffalo, there is no custom fit, etc. Mass producing something with the same parts every time is far cheaper than doing something very custom. Posted via Mobile Device