So true, I own 4 pair of Russell stuff, grand slam sheep hunter, a tall boot they ended up calling the Wyman boot..and two pair of chukkas...great products--I've always had custom made cowboy boots as we had a cobbler that we knew for years...I bought one pair of the grand slam sheep hunter about 12 years ago they were at the time $520..I had them redone 3 times, before they were non-repairable. I just got these in 2019 so 2 seasons in and going strong hope I get as many seasons out of them as I got out of my first pair.I used to think custom hand made boots were expensive, until I actually bought a pair. Disclaimer, I don’t have custom hunting boots, I have custom cowboy/work boots, but I would imagine it’s all the same. No break in time, and they fit perfectly from day one. If you can afford it, custom is absolutely the way to go.