User Review: Danner Men's 453 GTX
Price Paid: $50
I suppose it's heresy to knock a pair of Danners, but so be it. Actually when I first got them, the 453's were great. Very comfortable, good support and the Gore-Tex lining did a pretty good job of keeping my feet dry - for a while.
I seemed to be getting good service out of them until one day when I couldn't figure out why my right foot was thoroughly soaked. Upon inspection, I noticed a split in the leather just above the midsole which rendered the boots pretty much useless in wet weather (and at the time, it just happened to be winter).
In any case, they were worn a bit longer (on dry days) before reaching an early retirement. Aside from the split, it looked like they still had plenty of life in them and if I had paid full retail, I probably would have squawked at Danner.
Fortunately, I had gotten the 453's for way cheap on clearance as they were a discontinued color. My only other gripe was the dye used in the tongue had a habit leeching into my socks and staining them.