While the boots were new, they looked and seemed of quality materials. After wearing them for about a year (about two times a week) the leather on the upper part of the shaft split and showed a thin rope under the very thin leather. Then on the toe of the sole the leather wore completely out so as to show the inner sole. I believe that the leather that is used to make these boots is of inferior quality leather. Of course I am not a leather expert and this is just my opinion.
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Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend