Herman leather upper
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I bought my first pair of Hermans in 1973. I still use them today. The things just can't be wore out. When I started looking for a lighter hiking boot of course I bought another pair of Hermans. I'm glad I did.
Last Wednesday night, after I got out of the shower, I remembered that I had left the barn door open. I looked around the living room for my house shoes and didn't see them. What I did see was my Hermans sitting by the door where I had left them when I came home earlier. I just said what the heck and stuck my barefeet in them and started out to the barn.
As I walked past my pickup I thought I had tripped on something. I looked down and to my surprise there was a three foot copperhead with his fangs stuck in my boots. I kicked him loose and killed him, then started checking for a bite in my foot. Thanks to the quality of my Hermans the snake's fangs didn't come through my boot. I almost had a heart attack, but my foot was untouched.
Use: snow and mountian wear
Break-in Period: 1 month
Price Paid: don't remember
Herman is absolutely, hands down the best boot one can buy. However, I am having difficulty finding them, either on the web or in stores. I had my last pair of Hermans (with the Vibram soles) for ten years, needless to say they are just worn out now.
The only thing is that they are a little heavy, but they are practically indestructible. They are warm and comfortable and with a little TLC stay waterproof. They are actually easier to walk around in all day than sneakers, great support.
Materials: leather, Vibram soles
Use: Hiking, camping, fishing, work
Break-in Period: almost none