For me, it doesn't really matter as I don't currently and don't plan to show in the near future. I trail ride mostly, and ride for fun in the arena. What it looks like doesn't matter as long as it's safe. One of my friends fell from her horse and her foot got caught in the stirrup and she ended up breaking her ankle pretty badly. That's why I want something safer.
Because not being able to ride, would suck. =)