Good news, everyone! Unless you’ve actually crashed with your boots and damaged them, they can last you a really long time. A bit like gloves, riding boots normally don’t use perishable materials. Most protectors are made of metal and hard plastics which don’t tend to deteriorate on their own.
If you care for your boots well, they will last you a lifetime—or for as long as a new model won’t tickle your fancy.
Materials and technologies evolve so treating yourself to a new pair of boots every decade or so isn’t a luxury, but definitely isn’t a necessity. Plus, unlike jackets, your boots will still fit after having two kids or after turning 40.