because marketing is really fucking good.
a pair of wool socks, and well maintained PNW boots literally have no competition on the market in terms of durability and performance, but they let their name speak for them, like Whites and Nicks. you dont see ads for those boots. But they also cost $700. last you the rest of your life though.
synth boots will delaminate in a year, and the lining will wear out sooner than that. synthetic boots are made for consoomers who just wanna spend $250 every year and a half.
"The reason that the rich were so rich, Vimes reasoned, was because they managed to spend less money. Take boots, for example. ... A man who could afford fifty dollars had a pair of boots that'd still be keeping his feet dry in ten years' time, while a poor man who could only afford cheap boots would have spent a hundred dollars on boots in the same time and would still have wet feet."