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I have over 20 pairs of exotic cowboy boots. J toe riding heel.
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None right now. I have some Merrell moabs but they broke down to the point they don’t fit. To be fair they survived a few caving trips. I’d love to find some good rubber boots.

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Did they have small vents through the soles to release water? That was a big draw for cavers a few years ago so your socks didn’t stay soaked on longer trips. (Edit: this was a reply to lightbringer about jungle boots, not sure what happened with reply)

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Yeh, they have the little vampyre bites in the instep.

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Great info on the Danner’s. I’m wearing some
Hoka hiking boots and some heavy wolverine winter boots. The wolverines are really comfortable and I’m thinking of getting a pair of Wolverine Heritage for about $400

My dream is a pair of custom Limmer boots. The price is reasonable but it would be a hassle to travel there and get measured etc

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I spent the weekend looking for my next boot after all the feedback here- there are some great boots out there! I finally settled on getting several pair to cover every season.

The Lacrosse stuff impressed me most with Danner a close second place. I WAS going to just buy a killer Danner model, but thought twice as there are some well made imports (also from these companies) with plenty of reviews to back them up.

I opted for a great deal on a Lacrosse Windrose 8” tall boot on sale at Sportsman’s Warehouse for $99 bucks (free shipping plus tax). It has 600g insulation, is waterproof and usually $160 or so. This boot will work for cooler fall and later spring weather (between 20-80 degrees).

https://www.sportsmans.com/footwear-outdoor-casual-men-women-youth/mens-...

For summer Sportsman’s also had a shorter Danner (not found on the Danner site?) TerraForce waterproof full grain leather boot for $119 (shipped + tax). I like the idea of REAL waterproof designs by Danner and Lacrosse and this short boot has plenty of lacing to adjust the fit.

https://www.sportsmans.com/footwear-outdoor-casual-men-women-youth/mens-...

For DEEP winter (or tree stand hunting below freezing- like today at 8 degrees!) I opted for the Lacrosse 2000g insulated boot with the best reviews of everything I looked at. For $160 (shipped + tax) this boot was said to be good down to 20 below. But one review said it didn’t sweat in warmer weather either. So I’ll probably use it for ALL tree stand hunting with wind below freezing.

https://www.sportsmans.com/footwear-outdoor-casual-men-women-youth/mens-...

I ordered one pair from Sportsman’s Warehouse yesterday (Super Bowl Sunday) and got a 10% off coupon today which I used for the other two pair of boots. BEST OF ALL… Sportsman’s Warehouse allows FREE returns if any boot doesn’t fit like I want (very probable with three sets here). So I can replace for a better size (or return if they stock out).

All these boots had 4.5 – 4.8 ratings from several sites. They are a good value for the quality that they are. No, they are not a $400 Danner, but ALL THREE boots cost me less than that when it’s all said and done. And with these three boots, I am covered for all hunting scenarios (* I already have 2400g insulated muck boots for duck/goose hunting) and all seasons. Happy camper as my old Ariats gave up the ghost pretty fast and I now know better how I’m going to care for these boots too.

Check out the sales starting-up about now. Lot’s of deals to be had as cold weather (and most hunting) comes to an end here soon!

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Just got a new order of boots in to try. Been without a good pair for years now since my old heavy climbing/hiking boots finally became too tired to rebuild again. It was like loosing a family member I’ve had them so long.
I was pretty stunned at the prices of a good pair like I used to have.
I don’t do any of that sort of thing anymore so I though I’d try some of the “Tacticoool” flavors.
I’m a wide size so my choices are limited. Also I want to find them on sale.
The local stores look at me like I have two heads when I ask for wide or extra wide sizes. So the Web is my only shopping choice.

I’m wearing a set of Under Armour right now. Holy Molly these things are light. Doesn’t feel like there will be much break in. At least when they are new and stiff, they give good ankle support.
Size at 12W seems about right. Slightly stiff soles – for now – but getting more flexie as I’m wearing them. All glued together so no hope of rebuild later on. But heck to $50 on sale, I’ll pitch them when the times comes.

Yesterday I was sporting a set of 5.11 tactical boots. Heavier and stiffer than the U.A.s. Feels like the sole is a bit thicker and maybe a more substantial foot-bed. Less cushioning and the inside of the right boot is not as comfortable as the UA boot. These seem to run just a hair longer and perhaps just a bit narrower than the UA boots.
The lacing system is a pain in the butt. I have to nearly unlace the things to get them on.
I understand why tactica-cool boots have eyelets and not hooks, but what a pain. I wish they both had hooks.

Lastly I have a set of Lano Shadow boots in frog green. These are normally really expensive but I scored a pair at a heck of a deal. These are quite stout and seeming heavy duty. Being 8 inchers, these are even a bigger pain to get on without pulling out the top laces.
Super supportive with a really stout foot-bed. Lots of padding and outer “armor” panels. Super support, but think they will be plenty hot with all the padding.
Unfortunately they are a bit narrow for me. Size seems to be on point. Not sure I’ll be keeping these.
I got a size 13 cause the reviews said they run small. Not in my case. 12 would be about right.

I’ve got some Sorrels and a set of boots I got from a Japanese mountaineer from a stint in Antarctica for cold weather adventures. Which, until this week, was not a thing in Texas. The old Micky Mouse boots were about the best things ever for cold unless I went for the full Muck-luck route. But the Mucks were only good if it was cold enough for dry conditions.

Years ago I had a set of Dr. Martins that just lasted and lasted. But were never quite as comfortable as I though they should be.
Real leather (Danner Etc.) seems overpriced or just crappy quality for lesser brands. I’ll see how these plasticy-cloth-synthetic jobs go. I’m not much of boot person anymore and I’m hoping these will do me for a while.
All the Best,
Jeff

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This past fall I bought a pair of Eddie Bauer hiking boots on sale for $40. That’s my kind of price. Big Smile They claimed to be waterproof, but stepping into a rain puddle proved otherwise. Sad Oh well, they feel comfortable and the leather looks nice.

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I literally have been wearing these new boots around the house for two weeks! (no really… like 12 hours a day) Funny thought, as a Birkenstock summer guy (the last few years) I’m suddenly into good footwear. And I have ta’ say… these boots are damn comfy!

I don’t think my feet have ever felt this good in a while… I feel it’s that these boots really do give excellent support and during our dog walks I’ve been in everything “frozen” and all has been warm and dry. Walking across my icy, snow covered decks has been a comfortable affair too.

After a few weeks of trying fits (and returning a few pair) I LOVE the 600g LaCrosse and Danner boots. But the “Cold Snap” (2000g insulated) were just too BIG. They had a nice sole, and were beautiful with some leather up top. But I felt like I was back in high school wearing “moon boots”- the rage in 1982. If I were in Alaska or some place where it’s always -20F… well then I maybe I’d have kept them. Silly

But I know what Jeff51 went through and I wasn’t going to settle this round. I had a decent budget and just felt that a lot of the HIGH-END Danner’s of late weren’t getting the reviews they used to just a few years back. I felt like you had to step up further (into the $400 plus range) to get into the REAL USA handmade boot I wanted (which always seemed to be the highest price model… hum?)

But the LaCrosse and short (non-insulated) Danners I listed in my last post really both look good so far and I feel they were priced well from all the research I did (great reviews all around). I also snagged a pair of Danner Pronghorns which I REALLY love so far. These ARE hunting boots for sure… and I plan to torture them (and already have on three goose hunts). But I never thought I’d enjoy breaking in boots as the technology has obviously come along since my last BIG boot purchase.

We’ve had single digit over-nights the last two weeks here (one night was -14F) with plenty of snow on the ground. And I turns out I was “breaking” my boots in at a very opportune time Wink I went out in the field on a few goose hunts (at -15F wind chill) with them last week and further proved these will do! (oh… and electric socks ARE a game changer BTW)

Running out the back door with slippers in snow is now a thing of the past. When weather sux in winter I am now an official convert. As long as I don’t grow a beard, I think my wife will be ok with the new boot habit. Silly

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The Under Armor “boots” I tried are very light and soft. So soft that I’d hesitate to wear them for anything other than smooth surfaces. The sole is so flexible that every pebble is felt.
These are more like a soft sole athletic shoe with a high top.
It would be no fun standing on a ladder or jumping on a shovel in these things.

The Lano have, while still very light, have much firmer sole plates. Hopping they break in some. Not real comfortable right now.

Been looking at some of the real boot brands. Tough to sort thought all the marketing hype.
Zappman, followed your links to Sportsmans. Plenty of choices there. But like a lot of places, 12W or EE is often not in stock.
All the Best,
Jeff

Found this guy on youtube who cuts up boots to show quality (or not). Interesting stuff if you are in the market.

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Depends on the day. Yesterday, a soggy melting snow day, I wore a pair of 17” high Mucks. I love Mucks, comfortable, waterproof, have 3 pairs.

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jeff51 wrote:

The Lano have, while still very light, have much firmer sole plates. Hopping they break in some. Not real comfortable right now.

One take away from all this “research” and so many days wearing boots: do NOT keep them if the toe is tight. They won’t open up despite the build (leather or poly) and this IS why I had several returns. I ended up buying 1/2 size up on both the short Danner and LaCrosse boots. If not returnable, you can wet them (if leather) and wear TWO pair of thick socks to open up the toe- wearing them until they are dry. Danner actually suggests this technique- wet boot two pair of socks all day (but NOT wet socks inside).

The Pronghorn Danners are my size in a sneaker- but the EE width. They REALLY feel good after a week on the foot. These will be a single sock boot for spring and fall (everything but summer as they do have 400g Thinsulate).

The short Danners were tight in my size and ARE my future summer hunting/outdoor boot and the extra 1/2 size in D was needed there. I’d guess an average thickness, wool hiking sock in them will be perfect now.

The LaCrosse are the most insulated (at 600g Thinsulate) and have room for two pair of socks (or a wool liner with heated socks) by my just going up that 1/2 size (same D width)- they are perfect now. For $100 they are a hell of a great feeling boot I feel will get many years of winter hunts taken care of (even sub-zero *using electric socks).

After the last two weeks with snow drifts (a few feet high) on the back deck, major ice everywhere, and below 15 degrees for 10 days— it’s been the PERFECT time to break in boots running around indoors with a few hunts to get these boots wet some and lately they are starting to fit better- a good thing Big Smile

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Bean duck boots

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Last night I happened across a YT video by Rose Anvil (who cuts boots in half to show their construction) in which he put 4 brands of duck boots in water to just past the rubber/leather seams. All 4 leaked. One of them was an LL Bean. Sad Disappointed.

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Rexlion wrote:
Last night I happened across a YT video by Rose Anvil (who cuts boots in half to show their construction) in which he put 4 brands of duck boots in water to just past the rubber/leather seams. All 4 leaked. One of them was an LL Bean. Sad Disappointed.

I’ll have to look at that. I don’t expect mine to be waterproof above the rubber, but I did treat with snoseal to help with that. I haven’t had mine leak, but I also don’t walk for great distances in deep water. Which reminds me, I need to clean and retreat my boots when it warms up.

Edit:Just saw the video. I don’t know what the general consensus is, but I would not expect leather to ever be waterproof unless it is lined with something or treated. Even then if absolute waterproofness were the goal, I would rely only on rubber or some similar synthetic material.

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I buy some Meindl Himalaya 15 years ago. I wear it 10 days by years on winter. I’m really happy with it.

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Think OP’s intention was to ask about work type boots but I’ll address the more “fashion” style as I don’t see a lot of that style. I wear boots almost exclusively as I have bad ankles and appreciate the support. Right now my rotation is 3 Chippewas and I’ve been a fan of them for many years. They aren’t entirely made in the USA anymore but the quality seems as good as I can ever remember. If you’re on BLF you ought to know by now that overseas manufacturing has come a long way. Anyhow at present I have the Engineer Boots, Homestead Boots, and Service Boots, the Service Boots being the most comfortable but also my least favorite stylistically. I typically favor oxblood color (have first two in that color) but I have the Service Boots in tan and they’re very nice also.

I’m not a fanboy of Chippewa but their lasts seem to fit my foot shape best of the major brands I tried. Maybe about 15 years ago I spent about 3 hours at a Red Wing store trying on Iron Rangers and every step was agony. They insisted that all similar boots aren’t comfortable at first and “you gotta break them in.” BS! A boot should be at least fairly comfortable as soon as you put it on, or it either isn’t sized right or doesn’t have the right last shape for YOUR foot. It should go from “comfortable” to “more comfortable” not “misery” to “tolerable.”

I also had a pair of Wolverine 1000 Mile boots years ago that were nice, might get another pair too but they’re a little spendier than the Chippewas.

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Couchmaster wrote:
Depends on the day. Yesterday, a soggy melting snow day, I wore a pair of 17” high Mucks. I love Mucks, comfortable, waterproof, have 3 pairs.

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I have not tried the XtraTufs yet but I know their great rep. in the Alaska Fisheries (at least when they were US made). Course, I have 3 pairs of Mucks to get through first before I start buying new boots.

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I have some muck boots knock offs I got from academy sports that have held up just as good as any of the mucks I’ve owned for half the cost. Don’t remember the name and they out in the shop right now. They don’t have them on the website.

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mbp wrote:
Maybe about 15 years ago I spent about 3 hours at a Red Wing store trying on Iron Rangers and every step was agony. They insisted that all similar boots aren’t comfortable at first and “you gotta break them in.” BS! A boot should be at least fairly comfortable as soon as you put it on, or it either isn’t sized right or doesn’t have the right last shape for YOUR foot. It should go from “comfortable” to “more comfortable” not “misery” to “tolerable.”

I bought some Red Wings chukkas a year or so ago and yes the break-in period was horrible. For the first couple weeks they actually recommend only wearing the boots for half the day and then switching to a different pair. However after the break-in period the boots felt wonderful. It’s not for everyone but now I know what to expect when I get a second pair.

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Yeah if you buy a pair of real boots, break in might last 6 months under hard use. Poorly made boots still break in but they loosen up and start to poorly fit.

Good boots are made of leather. Leather is a natural product that shapes and wears over time. Yeah you can pay to have a form made of your feet and have custom boots made but otherwise you have to break a pair of boots in.

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Couchmaster wrote:
I have not tried the XtraTufs yet but I know their great rep. in the Alaska Fisheries (at least when they were US made). Course, I have 3 pairs of Mucks to get through first before I start buying new boots.

Insulated Xtratufs (with the steel toe) were the go-to boots for field work at our geotech/environmental office in Alaska. I had some leather waterproof Red Wings at first, but the Xtratufs performed so much better for our type of work in dirt/mud/wetlands/snow, etc. Easy on and off, real waterproofness, very comfortable, and warm (with thick socks, all day in -25F). Mine were from when they were US made. Unfortunately, they got chewed up by a dog.

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Back many years ago when I still ice fished, LaCrosse Icemans kept my feet toasty. Still have them but haven’t worn them for years. I just looked them up and they are still sold. $171. Mine were about $50 back then.

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Me all wore Durango harness boots before I got too fat to take them off .

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You know, my python boot was too tight
Couldn’t get it off last night
Weeks went by, now it’s July
I finally got it off
And my girlfriend cried…..

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