I got a very similar boot from the Danner Factory store for $165. It was referred to as a "Danner - Japan" boot, meaning it was made to be sold in the Japanese market. My understanding is Danner recently decided to start offering this combo (suede, cristy sole) in the U.S. too. Here's a suggestion: call the factory store directly, see if they have any ("Danner Japan Mountain Lights in tan or olive suede"), and ask if you can buy it over the phone and then have them ship it to you. The store operates separately from their online sales so, for a potential savings of 50%, it's worth a phone call. Danner Factory Store 12021 NE Airport Way Portland, OR 97220 Phone Number 503-251-1111 J.Crew sells a suede/Cristy sole model for $298: http://www.jcrew.com/mens_category/s...nner/46669.jsp Two other points: First, the boot is made in Portland, Oregon, USA to high standards and is worth what Danner is asking ($300 for the non-suede leather options http://www.danner.com/boots/mountain...ing-boots.html and http://www.danner.com/mountain-light...ing-boots.html , $330 for suede & cristy sole http://www.danner.com/boots/mountain...-ii-boots.html ). The leather Danner uses is amazingly soft and the boots do not have the huge profile that some pics might suggest. If you can afford it, do it. Second, apparently Danner will add a cristy sole on any boot they sell, if you ask them. The day I was there, a store rep was sporting a pair of the black Mountain Lights (new color for them) with a white cristy sole that he had put on. I believe he said they charge $80. Obviously better to start with the sole you want, but good to know they might be able to accommodate special orders. Danner-Japan model at the Factory store in Portland, Oregon. Some marked "AS IS" like this one, others were not: Here's mine which, coincidently, match the living room rug perfectly: Danner Moutnain Light sold by J.Crew ($298, on sale for $268 http://www.jcrew.com/AST/Navigation/...nner/30910.jsp ) - sold at Factory store for $165: Wow, awesome reply! Thank you!