User Review: L.L.Bean Men's Gore-Tex Cresta Hikers, Leather
I've had these boots for about 5 years now and have hiked virtually all of the 4,000 footers in the White Mountains in them. They are, simply put, an amazing and comfortable workhorse of a boot. Great for day hikes with light to medium loads, but beefy and stable enough to take on serious backpacking.
Total quality construction plus comfort. I don't know how you could do any better. I will never never stray from the Cresta, even after these ones (eventually, after some serious beatings over many years) wear out.