Hello! I've been using these Durango boots for a while and absolutely loved them. They lasted about a year before they started giving me issues. The first problem was that the in-sole lining on the bottom had a very hard piece at the heel, and I guess after putting them on/taking them off so many times the heel piece bent forward, so I was stepping on it all the time and it was super annoying having it under my foot all the time. Pulling it up did nothing because it just bent back forward when I put the boot back on. If that makes sense.
Second, now the lining on the inside of the shaft is deteriorating, and I can hardly take my boots off because it catches on my heel every. Single. Time. I'm using these boots for riding, working, working, and working. For the amount of abuse I've put them through, the outside looks okay, but after only a year the inside shouldn't be so bad I feel like. I think it would be good to add that at this point the lining is giving me blisters on my heels and I NEED new boots.
So, I was wondering what everyone suggests. I usually wear bootcut jeans, so boots like Dublins probably wouldn't work so well. I would prefer for them to be somewhat nice enough to wear outside the barn but it's not a must. I need something that can take being in all types of weather, being worn everyday, and good enough to ride in. Also the deteriorating of the inside of the boot isn't because it's too small, these boots are about a size and a half too large lol... I didn't take into account that leather boots stretch. I don't really want to pay more than about $200 seeing as my Durango's didn't last as long as I expected. Any suggestions? (Would prefer in person stores so I can try them on) Thanks!
ETA: They also must be comfortable! 😉 they’ll be in a lot of muddy situations, and they’ll just be worn in general a LOT. Also a shaft is a must, no hiking boots. So I guess a more western type boot. Let me know what worked for you and what brands/styles to avoid. Also I’m not trying to hate on Durango because I loved them while they lasted, I just need something with a little more life in them. Thanks again!