Well I've been doing a bunch of research on various forums and websites on what boots to narrow down to look at for my wife. Anyways, during my research I keep reading about guys that buy new boots after a couple years because they are worn out. It seems to be more prevalent with Danner and Irish Setters, but I have read about some people replacing Lowas, Meindls, and Scarpas too. I'm a big fan of buying something expensive once rather than something a little cheap more often which you end up ahead in the long haul by paying more money up front. This is why I was looking to buy a very tough boot that will last a long time for my wife as well.
I am on my 2nd year with my Lowa Sheephunters and they are still going strong and look/feel brand new. I apply waterproofing every 6 months and put an average of about 100 miles a year on these boots. It was my thought when I bought these boots that they'd be good for atleast 7-10 years. What can I do to ensure that I get the most life and years out of these expensive boots before I have to buy another pair of these same boots when/if they finally wear out?