Originally Posted by unclearthur
In my experience the problem with any zip boot is usually between heel and ankle (provided they're not too tight around the calf) and generally caused by zips being worked while the boot is covered with mud. Doing this wears the teeth.
Pull-ons are better, IMHO because (i) they tend to fit more snugly (ii) they're often better quality leather hence more protective (iii) they're no more difficult to clean (iv) not much can go wrong if they're well looked after.
I admit to bias here - my first pair of leather boots (pull-on) lasted me over 20 years even though I never treated them that well.
However, zip boots are MUCH easier to get on and off :)
I always thought the zip up boots would be a tad tighter, as you wouldnt be stretching them each time you pulled them on, like you would a pull up boot! I learn something new on this forum daily :3
And, your saying the zippers break when you mess with the zipper when they are muddy? So cleaning off the zipper before and after you use your boots would be the way to go?
Yeah, I was thinking the pull on boots looked pretty good... Hard to get on, but their is no way they can break like a zip up boot might...
Twenty years, my goodness!!! What brand of boot?