I have ridden in paddock boots and half chaps for 14 years and well I may have liked them in the past i don’t like them anymore. I had issues with the boots rubbing and not bending well at the ankle (they were thoroughly broken in for a long time). I have had both leather and suede half chaps and they both worked well although the leather lasted much much longer. I also believe they dont last as long as other boots, but if your set on getting paddock boots the only one id possibly spend my money on anymore is the ariat paddock boots with lace up front and back zip. hope it helps!