Very well put. However, I don't see anything inherently wrong about "babying" boots with layers of Saphir. After all, the reason why they are so long lasting is that they are properly cared for – and that they're of a quality worth caring for. The reason why I buy quality footwear is the long life I expect from it (and, well, the looks and comfort too). As my late grandma used to tell me: the most expensive will be the least expensive in the long run. I'm not entirely sure she was right in all aspects, but at least it gives me yet another reason to keep buying quality stuff On a side note: when I went logging in my Islays my girlfriend told me I was crazy to do it "in such expensive boots" – obviously I replied that that was what they were meant for. Luckily she hasn't got a clue about the price range of my EGs, but all the better.