Personally, I don't wear the lace ups, I like the ability to just slip them on or off and not have to stop and tie/untie them.
I've worn a lot of brands in my life and I wore Justins for a long time. I would usually have to buy a new pair every year or so because I would wear through the soles and the sides. But ever since I found Ariat
, I am much happier. They are more comfortable for me and I've had the same pair now for about 2 years (doing nothing but working horses every day) and they still work like new, they are just pretty scuffed up. The stitching and everything is still perfect. They've been through mud and muck and brush. They do have the thinner rubberized sole and I've never had a problem with them getting sticky in the stirrups...and, I don't go skating whenever I try to walk on grass like I used to when I would buy leather soled boots.
They are a bit more expensive (mine were $140), but IMHO, they are completely worth it. They've proven to me that they last longer and they are tons more comfortable to me.
If you have a wider, blockier foot like I do, I would highly recommend the broad square toes like what mine have. They are the only boots I've ever found that I didn't have to stretch them out just to keep circulation in my foot.