I generally like ariat paddock boots but the worst problem they have is that the leather can crack fairly quickly. My friend bought a pair of the devon cobalts (the ones almost $200) and they started to crack after 6 months! So she called ariat and complained about them and they asked if she used the ariat brand conditioner/polish after every time they got wet. Of course she said no but she conditioned them regularly. They told her it was her fault then for improper care and refused to replace them.