Best boots I have ever owned! The quantum footbed is so supportive on all sides and the taped ankle eliminates alot of the bulk of the lesser models that have straight tubular ankles that have deep bends and rub and press on achilles heel and ankle bones when you are breaking in. These boots are already shaped for the ankle and fit like a glove immediately when you put them on. The entire footbed is also very cushioned and you can walk around in them all day and feel like you are walking on a cloud compared to the lesser ariat models.I also bought the quantum paddock boots and both kinds of boots wear amazingly well. Also, the tall boots are a shiny deep black leather and look amazing for show boots. Many have complimented me on them. the difference is the quantum boot sole. These are better over longer period than monaco's and more comfortable to walk around in.