Noodles' Good Natured Advice Thread - Page 485
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http://meermin.es/ficha_articulo.php?id=4080, if you don't mind waiting for a month or two.
I'm perhaps in the minority for this thread, but in wet snow, high salt conditions, I figure I should have something I'm less concerned about getting beat up, but still of reasonable quality, so no Carminas/C&Js for me.
I have these as my winter boots, which I picked up at quite a discount (easy to find AEs at big discounts if you are patient)
I admit they do not look as handsome as the C&J, but I doubt it snows as hard in London where Cleav is than in Colorado. And in a foot of snow, I don't want to worry about my boots. You can always change into something work appropriate when you get to the office. I use trees, brush them off, obenaufed them. They'll last for a while, and I don't think twice as opposed to a $600 boot.
Grenson "Fred C" (the triple-soled Fred with a commando sole). Some time over the summer you'll find them on sale somewhere - either Grenson's own sale, Pediwear or East Dane (where I got mine). They have a hatch-grain type finish on the ones I've got. Cheapish but robust leather and for the price (I got mine for about $200), they are a lot of boot. Perfect for your needs I think. Here are mine - various colours and options are out there, see what's at a good discount in your size:
N.B. They are a "G" fitting and feel like it, so size down a whole number from your US size if you're a US "D" width, and you'll still have plenty of room for two pairs of socks!
Edit:I like the grenson the best so far I think. Great price point at sub $200 and leaves some room for another pair of shoes before I head back to school.