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I wear the Rocky S2V Special Ops boots and love them. Light weight and very comfortable on my Pes Planus feet.

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Danner Ft. Lewis boots. Insulated. They are almost 20 years old resoled a few times. The first time I took them in to the Portland store after so serious abuse. When they said how much to repair and I paid right there on the spot. There will always be a pair of Danners around my place with the amazing customer service they have.

When I need something lighter I am on my final pair of Kean hiking boots (also insulated.) They no longer make the ones I like. Sad

Wide toe boxes are what mater to me these days.

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Blunnies https://www.rsea.com.au/work-boots/elastic-sided/boot-safety-elastic-sid...

I’m not sure how well known they are outside Australia, but Adam Savage (of Mythbusters fame) swears by his Blunnies.

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Redbacks all day long when at work. Current pair I’ve had for almost 5 years and still going strong. Easy on, easy off, non slip soles and water proof(after I sprayed them with water proofing spray).

Another Australian brand Beer although they seem to be catering to the (much bigger) US market with some of their product names (Bobcat, Nevada).

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When I need something lighter I am on my final pair of Kean hiking boots (also insulated.) They no longer make the ones I like. Sad Wide toe boxes are what mater to me these days.

KEEN Utility Men's Warren WP-M. No longer available, I think, either. Now that I don't get in the field that much, I find the most comfortable boots! And with good tread for even slimy, rock stream beds.  Hope they last and may repair when the time comes.

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Danners.
I have a pair from 1989 and a couple of newer ones.
I recommend if you fly into Portland Oregon, you to go to the factory store and headquarters adjacent to the airport. You can score a deal there on occasion.

I guess the word is out based upon the responses in this thread.
Just get the stitch down rebuildable sole and you’ll be set. They will rebuild them when you wear them out (-min 4-5 years likely YMMV). They get even better on the second sole.

I’m not fond of glue down soles.

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I’ve had Danner boots (Arcadia, I think) but they wore out within 18 months and no-one around could resole them to Mfr spec. Too expensive to just replace.
Hi-Tec Magnums fell apart, and the desert boots I currently have seem as shoddy as the first gen ones.
Quite a few others, mostly army surplus (NOS, if I can), but they just don’t last.

The ones that have lasted me surprisingly well are 2nd gen Austrian army para boots (they’re currently on 6th or 7th gen, I think). Mine are winter-lined, but somehow remained unsweaty all through several summers. There’s very little wear showing, despite also wearing them on the bike which usually kills boots due to all the oil, grease and road crap to which they’re exposed.
I hate the speedlace hooks and the boots squeak on the leather insoles, but after nearly 5 years they have done amazingly well and show no signs of giving out yet. For £30, I am seriously impressed.

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Cowboy… when I’m dressed up (but I am from South Texas) Wink

I’ve about gone through a pair of Ariat ($175 pr. “waterproof”) boots after three years of hunting in the field (*which was plenty wet) and they held up ok- but are nowhere waterproof anymore. They are also cold (but I wear 18650 battery heated socks with them now and they work well enough). But the uppers are about gone and I never re-soled (and won’t as they just aren’t worth messing with now). I polished them (learned that at military school) Flat Stare a few times… but the upper didn’t hold polish well.

I am trying to remember the brand my guides in Wyoming suggested a few years back- $300 a pair BUT those guys literally hunted 120 days a year and said they’d own nothing else.

I have the rubber waterproof mud boots (with Thinsulate) which are fine in 12” of ice water- BUT heavy after a day of chasing after ducks/geese.

I’d like to find an insulated, leather upper’ed, waterproof boot that don’t fail after two years like the Ariat’s did. Any ideas???

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Do you Zappaman and others remember to clean your boots atleast semi-regularly and use those pretty fancy waterproofing sprays and other modern day wonders? Which reminds me that my Lowas need a good wash and some waterproofing/repellent on top. Be sure to use right stuff for Gore-tex, leather and other materials so you don’t do more harm than good.

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MoreLumens wrote:
Do you Zappaman and others remember to clean your boots atleast semi-regularly and use those pretty fancy waterproofing sprays and other modern day wonders? Which reminds me that my Lowas need a good wash and some waterproofing/repellent on top. Be sure to use right stuff for Gore-tex, leather and other materials so you don’t do more harm than good.

Every few months a thin layer of waterproofing spray. Every few weeks (depends on usage) intensive cleaning and Fibertec Shoe Wax. Quick rinse after every use if any dirt is visible.
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Yes, very nice. Boots like, wallet also likes in the long run. I used to have Gold card to ASMC which gives nice – 20% off from everything, including shoes, so that also helps when 200€ shoes costs only 160€. Those cards are on sale sometimes too for like 20€ when I usually get mine. Maybe there is cheaper shops in Germany too? Also had Black card to TACWRK. Great shops, both of them.
Any other good places to get boots in EU?

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Danner boots all day every day for over 20yrs now.

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yes, more pictures! No idea how all those american and australian brands look like.

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Do you Zappaman and others remember to clean your boots atleast semi-regularly and use those pretty fancy waterproofing sprays and other modern day wonders? Which reminds me that my Lowas need a good wash and some waterproofing/repellent on top. Be sure to use right stuff for Gore-tex, leather and other materials so you don’t do more harm than good.

Besides scrubbing with saddle soap and brown polish, I haven’t use anything else. Maybe that is the problem! I have some 303 waterproofing I use on my hot tub vinyl and pop-up shade/rain tent. I never thought to use it on boots (leather) so maybe that would be good to try???

I always wanted a set of Irish Setters in the past, but heard they were a hard to break-in boot. The Ariats fit well from the get go, but the uppers really crapped out fast. If I thought I could use something high-tech to revive them, I’d try it. But with cracks in the leather uppers that polish isn’t filling, I’m thinking about starting over after this years hunting is finished (two weeks of Canadian goose to go).

I suspect the waterproofing on many boots (and leather in general) made today is a one shot deal if using silicone at manufacturing. And the lack of “breathability” (sweating feet) in boots is the result. I would prefer to get boots that don’t have silicone added, but need some maintenance. I think I will call my old guide up north and ask him again… and start with a better boot up front this next time.

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Depends on what I’m doing.
Timberland pit boss for most work.
Ecco receptors or Merrell moabs for hiking.
Bogs or an LL Bean pac boot for cold weather work.
I still have a nice pair of Stewart cowboy boots that I bought in ‘86 or so; sadly, my feet have grown. I’m hoping to pass them on to my son one day.

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since Keens and pictures were brought up:

and…they are discounted now = $90.

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About 5 years ago I developed arch pain in one foot, and I tried about 7 or 8 different kinds of insoles. “Sole” brand inserts are the only brand that helped, and they fixed my problem. They can be heated in the oven for a couple of minutes, then put them in the footwear and stand on them; the arch sort of custom-molds to the wearer’s feet. I wear them in practically ever pair of shoes and boots. They have cork and EVA; I stick with the EVA and recommend them wholeheartedly.

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Danner 200 gram insulated Ft. Lewis boots for the last 27 years. Traffic on hot asphalt, no problem. Winter hiking, no problem. I get a new pair every 4 to 5 or so years.

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For winter hiking with my dog I wear Oboz Bridger 8” insulated boots. They’re waterproof and keep my feet nice and toasty, and they have a clip for gaiters when the snow is deep. Also nice and supportive, though they could use a bit more traction on ice.

For regular boots I have a pair of the old Chippewa Katahdins from LL Bean before they moved production to Vietnam. I plan to keep them a good long time and have them resoled when necessary. It was one of the only boots I could find in half and wide sizes at my shoe size, so the fit is exceptionally good as far as my shoes go.

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Danner everyday for the last 15 years. None of the rebuildable ones. Mostly pronghorns for the last 10 years.

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My Thorogoods – Don’t look like this now- steel toe lasted three years – Nice boots but more expensive now

Time for something different. Trying ths Jim Greens

Found a neat youtube chanel Roseanvil he vuts boots in half and reviews them

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also looking for a second pair of boots and thinking about some of these Jim Green Razor Backs – thinking I might want a second pair with more cushioning. Though having plantar fascisitis before a good solid boot seems help me keep that from happening. Might try some of the insoles you guys mentioned

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Nick’s, I used to wear Whites, but the quality has gone down. Expensive but worth every penny, made in Spokane, Washington

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Justins, been wearing them for over 15 years now on the farm. Clean them good about once a month and mink oil them to make them waterproof.

A pair of these
https://www.justinboots.com/en-US/Product/Details?stylenumber=SE4688

And a pair of these
https://www.justinboots.com/en-US/Product/Details?stylenumber=WK4666

I rotate them out every few days to let them air out. More often if it’s raining, summer, or I’m just really working. I get about 3-4 years on a pair before I replace them. Local stores here normally have a sale on them every few times a year and I’ll buy a pair to hold on as back up when one of my other pairs start to wear out. Wish there was somebody local to have them resoled but it would most likely cost more a new pair. A lot of times by the time the cattle and my shop work gets the better of the toes and the steel starts showing.

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millerman wrote:

My Thorogoods – Don’t look like this now- steel toe lasted three years – Nice boots but more expensive now

Time for something different. Trying ths Jim Greens

Found a neat youtube chanel Roseanvil he vuts boots in half and reviews them


Interesting youtube channel.
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You guys have a lot of choice for nice, domestically made, boots. Wish it was the same here.

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