I like my Ariat Quantum Crowns a lot. I have an older pair I bought used on ebay and have worn the snot out of them for a year and no additional visible wear. I bought another pair when Dovers was closing them out to show in, if I ever actually get into the show ring.
I wish the Tredstep boots fit my feet because they looked like they were good quality for the money. Of everything at Dover in that price point, I thought the Tredstep looked the best.
I will say that the boots that look like socks, that seem to be quite popular now, look terrible after just a few months. I think Parlanti is the favored brand at this barn I started riding at. A couple of younger girls have them and I saw one girl’s the first day she wore them, then I saw her again last week, and they literally look worn out. And this is a fancy barn where nobody touches their horse except to get on and ride, so it’s not like she was bathing horses in them all summer.
The boots that used to hold up FOREVER were Dehner’s. I don’t know if they are still crazy expensive but my college best friend’s are still going strong – and she bought them the summer after we graduated (that was 20 years ago…). The inner calf is pretty worn looking, but she also doesn’t polish the side of her boots against the horse. She also takes them off as soon as she’s done riding and wears clogs - yes, clogs, like hippie clogs – around the barn. I’ve never figured out how she doesn’t break her ankle!!