I have had a pair of Ariat boots for riding for 4+ years now, that were previously owned, and I love them! They're well cared for, but the insole is wearing out and the heels need a bit of repair. So I decided to get a new pair for shows, and just keep the old ones for work and everyday riding. I purchased a pair of Ariat Tombstone boots, in black. I love the way they look, and they are super comfy, however, the more I look at my boots together, the more concerned I get. I've been looking into it, and it looks like my show boots are made of top grain leather. My old ones appear to be made of full grain. I love how tough my old ones are, even after years of wear, they still hold up, polish fairly well and resist stains. I am seriously concerned that my show boots will become super wrinkled, crack and just not hold up like my others have. Any opinions?? Is top grain going to last, or should I sell them and buy a full grain pair??
And does anyone have any advice for keeping them in great shape? I feel like hardening them around the foot would help, but I am worried that this will ruin them permanently. The leather on the foot is just so soft that I worry the show ring will ruin them this summer. (I also want to wear them to events and big national shows I attend with my instructor and have them still look like new.)