All right, so I'm sneaking out of lurking once again, which I do maybe once or twice a year, but I'm compelled to deliver my $.02 about boots.
Before I retired, I worked claims and risk management for manufacturers. One of my clients was Red Wing Shoes out of Red Wing, Minnesota. If you are looking for high quality boots that will last you FOREVER, you can do no better than a Red Wing boot. They cost a pretty penny, but they are serious high quality boots. You know some of the electrical linemen cleaning up to get power restored after Florence? I'd bet that a lot of them are wearing these boots, because they keep the lineman safe, sturdy, and don't wear out immediately.
My dad had a pair of Red Wing boots that he used for tromping around in the woods, bought them in the 1960s, and wore them up until he passed away in 2015. He sent the boots in for repairs a time or two. Repairs! I've personally walked the repair department and it's a full blown manufacturing department.
Bad news is boots cost over $300. Good news is that you might never, ever need another pair of boots in your life. The employees are treated pretty well, pay is decent, and boots are American made.
I was proud to have them as my client. Regular people wear the boots for hiking, hunting, work, and just regular every day wear.
Jeez, I sound as though I'm in sales.