As I said in the OP, I ve been pretty happy with Oboz but the sole is wearing out rather badly and they surely aren't going to last another winter. I bought them last July.
Around the same time I bought a pair of Danner boots from Cabellas. They had a very strange, way oversized tongue. There was too much fabric used and neither tongue would lay flat. Well, I missed the return date and was stuck with them. So they sat in a closet, unused, for 10 months until I saw Danners return policy. It covers up to a year for defects. I contacted them, they took them back and gave me a $160 credit towards a new pair. So I paid an extra $30 and bought a pair of there gortex 452s and they came on Saturday. So far I am really liking these and 5 stars to Danner for wonderful customer service.
I've owned two pair of western boots in my life. The first were Tony Llama - they were totally comfortable. The second were Dan Posts and were the most uncomfortable pair of footwear I ever tried to wear. Their arch supports are so extreme, they jab me in the middle of my foot. I couldn't stand for more than 10 minutes before I was hurting. My father (who wore nothing but western boots) was just the opposite. He thought Tony Llamas were really uncomfortable and would only wear Dan Post. I'm more flat-footed I guess.
These days my boots are Wolverine 1000 Mile lace-ups, oxblood.
An instantly recognisable style, The Colorado combines our signature technology with iconic design. From its Goodyear welt contruction - a craft honed over 150 years for superior durability - to its celebrated comfort.
1st pair lasted 15 years, second pair are 5 years in and looking like new.
I wear engineer boots, and Chippewa is the best:
First pair lasted 10ish years, (probably would still be in regular use if NuShoe hadn't ruined them after 2 botched resoles that now make them look like black leather sausage casings all around the toes. NEVER use that company. I didn't go local 1 time and that happened).
Trying to take care of this pair because they stopped making them. Makes 0 sense.
I have Carolinas as my B-tier boots, but they aren't nearly as good. Way better than x-elements and a hair better that Herman's, but not close to the Chippewas.
Ive long wanted to pick up a pair of Fryes and Redwings so I can rotate, but I'm unsure on the sizing so haven't pulled the $90+ trigger on them on ebay yet.
I can wear engineer boots for work without looking weird, and hate how other similar shaped boots look and fit. I own cowboy boots, just don't like them as much.
Work boots I have no reason to own now, since I use my mutilated chips instead now.
I needed a pair of steel toe boots for a gig that I figured wasn't going to last past a year, so I didn't want to dump a bunch of money in "real" boots. After hating all the lower tier stuff I tried, I bit the bullet and went to Red Wing. They were great of course, but a lot more than I really wanted to spend. The salesman then showed me their import line, called WORX. They were about 80% of the boot the Red Wings were, but at 1/3 the price. I did my year as a low voltage installer and they were comfortable and held up fine. If I was gonna work on an oil rig I'd have gone with something else, though.
I also have a pair of all-leather army boots from the '90s that I still wear when I gig.
Most my career was Redwings for work about 12 years ago I was working along US Canada Border on a pipeline under construction and stopped in a boot shop and fell in love with a pair of Viberg Hunters of Victoria BC. They will outlive me, the best most comfortable boot I ever wore.