I've been using the same pair of Ariat riding boots for about two years. My only pair of functional boots, I have used them for everything from barn chores to trail riding to lessons. They are very beat up leather wise (I never took good care of them) but the leather is still good, heel and sole have held together really well! Very impressed with them. I love Ariats, for english and western
although, I haven't had an english pair of Ariats yet. I should be getting some soon, and I'm expecting the same quality!