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Grownup_Rafbrat

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So, people, I have a boot-related dilemma.

Him indoors has a pair of very old, very polished, lovely boots that he has worn daily for about 12 years. They are now a little leaky and split at the back despite layers of Cherry Blossom and Kiwi. He doesn't complain but winter's coming on and he does need dry feet when walking the dog over hill and dale. I thought a nice new pair would be ideal for a Christmas present.

I understand that Boots NI, Boots DMS and Boots Combat High, all of which he has mentioned wearing in the past, are no longer available to purchase, and for walking a Labrador they are a tad OTT as he's too old now to be recalled for Military Service. I've looked at the various boot reviews here, as well as @Ravers' wonderful thread about Gore, but really have no idea what would suit, how to buy, whether they would swap if the size wasn't quite right, or how to make this idea actually turn into a beautifully wrapped gift on Christmas morning.

Any recommendations as to boots, retailers or other information, would be most welcome please and thank you.
 
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these will keep him out from under your feet for a while
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Ravers

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I’m currently trialing a pair of Danner Mountain 600s. Very comfy, lightweight boots. Great every day boots and available in various colours / materials.

Recommended.

Danner - Mountain 600 4.5" Brown/Red

Full review coming soon.

As for sizing and whatnot. Any company will accept returns if they don’t fit. Just keep the receipt and box. Leave the tags on etc.
 
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I am on my second pair of Scarpa Terra GTX, used daily for walking the dogs on Salisbury Plain, cost about £155 but can get at a discount through Cotswold. Well worth a look.
 
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So, people, I have a boot-related dilemma.

Him indoors has a pair of very old, very polished, lovely boots that he has worn daily for about 12 years. They are now a little leaky and split at the back despite layers of Cherry Blossom and Kiwi. He doesn't complain but winter's coming on and he does need dry feet when walking the dog over hill and dale. I thought a nice new pair would be ideal for a Christmas present.

I understand that Boots NI, Boots DMS and Boots Combat High, all of which he has mentioned wearing in the past, are no longer available to purchase, and for walking a Labrador they are a tad OTT as he's too old now to be recalled for Military Service. I've looked at the various boot reviews here, as well as @Ravers' wonderful thread about Gore, but really have no idea what would suit, how to buy, whether they would swap if the size wasn't quite right, or how to make this idea actually turn into a beautifully wrapped gift on Christmas morning.

Any recommendations as to boots, retailers or other information, would be most welcome please and thank you.

Ex REME isn't he?

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Go with Timberland, if you want something non military and non hiking that looks okay in town and down the pub as well.
 

DaManBugs

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Zamberlan Trail Lite

£135 ish or the slightly sexier Trail-Lite Evo:


I have the version shown at the top.

Or you could follow bugsy's recommendation and look like a walt or a complete tit depending on the boot.
 
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If you want something that's visual, and not too abysmal, try Blundstone from Australia. I wouldn't go up Pen-y-Fan on them (although I suspect they'd be better than my DMS were) but for a muddy walk to the pub with the dog, they're good enough. For anything more strenuous, there's some good advice above on Altbergs (my dogs ate mine!) and Brasher...

 
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If you want something that's visual, and not too abysmal, try Blundstone from Australia. I wouldn't go up Pen-y-Fan on them (although I suspect they'd be better than my DMS were) but for a muddy walk to the pub with the dog, they're good enough. For anything more strenuous, there's some good advice above on Altbergs (my dogs ate mine!) and Brasher...

I had a pair similar to those in the 70's. They were known as brothel creepers I think.
An excellent choice sir.
 
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Going from everyone's posts above, most boots these days are fine in terms of waterproofing and (in my experience) the fit is down to the individual's feet. My Scarpa rangers are a nice leather boot and I'd happily recommend them.

I would buy from somewhere like Cotswold (other major retailers are available) because their returns policy is really good and I've never had any issues taking kit back. Even a pair of boots that I'd used almost every day for 6 months were exchanged without question when I pointed out they leaked and handed over the receipt.

For what it's worth, you might want to have a butcher's here:
Moden tactical ankle boots, Russian military leather footwear, Army shoes
I have a couple of pairs from them and I can only say that the quality is spectacular considering the prices.
I can just about understand multicam pattern uppers but multicam soles is a bit weird:
 
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