Originally Posted by GreySorrel
I ride in a pair of Wolverine lace up ropers with a steel toe. They are men's boots, they are VERY comfortable, good quality leather, hold up to rain, mud, dry, and being stepped on a few times too.
I have always been told that steel toe boots are very bad to wear around horses. The problem is that if a horse steps on your foot, the steel will bend into your foot, trapping it and doing additional damage. Thankfully, I have never seen this theory put to the test, but it is something to consider.
As to the original question, I ride in Ariat. Think it is the "Heritage" style. (You need to avoid the kind with the "crepe" soles as they can stick in the stirrup. "Traction" as someone else mentioned in this thread, is a bad thing in a riding boot.)
Takes a week or two to break 'em in. After that they are comfortable and last for years. Every other boot I have owned lasts 6 months to a year before I wear a hole in the bottom. My Ariats may get nasty looking after 5 years or so, but still hold up to abuse.