L.L.Bean Gore-Tex Cresta Hikers, Leather
Materials: leather; gore-tex
Use: all kinds of moderate and warm weather hiking and backpacking
Break-in Period: shorter than expected for an all-leather boot
An excellent boot, and an excellent value.
I have had mine for several years now. I was dubious about buying a boot from LL Bean (known for quality, but not for cutting-edge design, in outdoor products) rather than, say, Vasque or Asolo. But these boots are great -- well made, durable, and comfortable. This last is a big deal -- I have wide feet (EEE), and it is hard to find a hiking boot manufacturer that produces good boots in wide widths; Bean does. Plenty of space in the toe box.
Highly recommended. 1/2 star off because the boot cannot be re-soled.