Originally Posted by b-ewing
Absolute, hands down, no one can argue otherwise, best bang for your buck boots available on the market
I think that a good candidate for "most bang for your buck boots" might be the Chippewa engineer boot, currently marketed at LL Bean as the Katahdin iron works boot. Now selling for $210. I know that's considered a low end boot by many guys on Styleforum, but it is a quality boot made in the US. Pretty sure the Katahdins are the same as my old Chippewas, which I remember buying off the sale rack for $45 (!), and they lasted for 10 years as my primary boot. Now at about 13 years they are on their last legs, but they looked great, were comfortable, and wore like iron.
Having said that, I am even more excited about getting my $500 SJ's, which should be coming soon. But it's hard to beat $210 -- unless it's finding them on sale for $45!