Interesting how we all got into boots, I never cared for boots and I had boots from companies like Frye's. My first pair of GYW boots were 'first ave' by Allen Edmonds and for the first time my feet was really happy : ). The addiction started there and I own over ten pairs of Allen Edmonds boots.I am slowly making my way into the world of White's : )first pair of boots for me, as for many of us probably, were Iron Rangers, which have cork midsoles. I still believe them to be the most comfortable, foot-conforming pair of real boots that I've ever owned. I'm definitely pro-cork!