These are very nice boots for this price point. The cow hide leather is actually very supple and soft right out of the box, giving it more the feeling of calf skin. They were easy to break in and comfortable from the start. I haven't had them long so I can't speak to longevity but they appear to be well made as most Ariats are. They come with a one year warranty card which I love. They fit my leg very well and are not boxy in appearance. Nice and contoured. Id recommend these boots to anyone wanting a well fitting and comfortable tall boot.