I agree with the Charles Tyrwhitt recommendation but may I also suggest R.M. Williams boots from Australia. Yes, I am from Australia myself but I must confess to never having heard of them until I learnt about them from SF and AAAC (I am ashamed to say) where their construction has been compared favourably to the very finest. I mention them because the dollar conversion strongly favours the US buyer and I appreciate that cost is an issue for you. This might let you buy a much dressier boot than if you brought an English or Italian boot given that the pound/Euro conversion will work against you. You can even get them custom made for you at prices that are astonishingly good. To roughly convert Australian dollars (AUD) to USD you can just take off 25% from the AUD value though they have online conversion available. http://www.bootsonline.com.au/ http://www.rmwilliams.com.au/ Of course the fact that they are from Australia makes them a bit exotic too, but as far as build quality goes for these hand made boots, it really is very good indeed.