cool, i will have a look.
i am a US11.5/12 and UK 10.5/11 so i think eu 45?
and yes, i am.
Spope's boots are vietnam era jump boots, can get for super cheap.
If you're looking for combat type boots it's hard to beat the real thing, I'd just look for used corcoran jump boots with a zipper. Maybe $150 new, but they are very shiny when new. They are cheap used unless they are genuine WW2 or whatever.
The Buttero combat boot's toe looks deflated... it doesn't go with the rest of the boot very well imo. I do like their side zip, like the one everyone's been buying from NMWA. I do like AnnD's combat boots, they have a nice shape.
Or just keep your eye out for sales... with a $500 budget you can find anything with the exception of the most sought after and expensive boots if you are willing to wait and look around.