A follow up: I picked up some Saphir from Franco's after my haircut. While I was looking at the Aldens I got to talking with the salesmen about the Rider's on sale on a back table. He mentioned that those were the last and that Rider Boot Co. is no more. In it's place, he said, will be a Franco's brand shoe line. I inquired if they would be made to the same standards and his response was they will be at the same level of quality and made at the same factories as Rider.