I've always liked a good pair of combat boots. I wore the crap out of my Canadian combat boots, circa 1990s. When they needed replacing I bought a pair of Danner Ft Lewis
10 inch boots, paid about $300 for them and they were worth every penny. Since then I've kept my eye out for good combat boots when I'm at the thrift store, I like the $10 pairs of barely used boots I can find. The last few months I've been able to find a good pair of black Belleville 700
8 inch combat boots for $10, an old pair of greenish Herman Survivors with what looks like a new Vibram Kletterlift sole for $30 (US made not the cheap China made ones you find these days), and pair of tan Belleville 790
8 inch combat boots for about $10. The tan Bellevilles cannot have the soles replaced but the others can.
All my boots get cleaned and polished then a coating of Obenauf's Heavy Duty LP is applied. The Obenauf's will help keep the boots in good shape for many years to come.
The Danner's are my favorite, I can wear them all day right out of the box and my feet are not sore. I think they may actually be more comofrtable than my running shoes. For work I have a pair of Red Wings that my friend's widow gave me. I like the steel toe and mettatarcil guard. All of the boots are wides. The Danners are EE and they fit well even though I wear a EEEE in shoes, and that is with a thick pair of merino wool socks.
With these boots I should be set for a lifetime, but any other boots I come across that fit will find their way into my gear stash. Any new ones will be vac sealed after they have been cleaned and treated. Having at least two pairs of good boots is a requirement in my eyes. The combat boots are all Gore Tex lined, the Hermans and the work boots are not. The Hermans are actually a size bigger so I can double up on wool socks in colder weather.