I've worn cowboy boots off and on since I was a kid. Mom was pretty adamant early on that cowboy boots were not the best thing for your feet. Her father could attest to that later in life. I remember my mother messaging my Grandfather's feet many times. Now I better understand why. I've seem plenty of old cowboys hobble along later in life, because of bad feet. Hobbled up by bad horses/cows, hard labor and cowboy boots. My guess is more bad boots than bad animals. Now decades alter I too can testify to just how bad even the best custom made boots are for most feet. I literally have baskets full of high dollar custom boots from many makers I can no longer wear because of arthritis in my feet. I have little choice but to wear boots or sell out and make a significant change of life style. I wear out a pair of good boots almost every year. Some store bought boots will last 2 years if I rotate them often enough. Abought the time they are "good to go" they are gone Good pair of custom boots? Wouldn't make it a year of daily wear here. Water and heat, and we have an abundance of both 6 months of the year, is a death sentence for any boot. Ariat's. Good for a 2 year stretch generally if they get rotated a lot and kept out of the irrigated grass and the arena's sand box as much as possible. With a lick of a good leather conditioner, once dry again, these should make it till Spring before the tops cracking.