I'm trying to decide on my second pair of shoes to take with me to south america on a 4 month trip. (first pair is chucks, best travel shoe for me). It's come down to either an alden indy style boot, DB's, or chukka's. (searched all the threads on this and that's basically what it boiled down to.) It needs to be: 1. durable (4 months of travel lots of walking, light hiking etc.) 2. good looking with denim and chinos 3. decent in the rain 4. breathable in warm weather i don't want swamp feet if its 65 -70 degrees. so i've been looking around and have found these options: Clarks desert boot; cheap look pretty good, won't be crushed if they get ruined, but are they durable? L.L. Bean buck chukka, same as above Alden Indy, seems to be a favorite around these parts, Would it be bad for these to spend a lot of time at the bottom of a back pack? I don't want them to get ruined in 4 months of travel. and as a cheaper alternate to the alden what about this LL bean model? seems like a good deal to me. i appreciate any input, what do you guys think?