Im gonna bite the bullet and go for the Lathrop and sons this year. I have went thru two pair of Kennetreks and sent both of them back. It might just be my foot but they rubbed half dollar size blisters on my heels. Thats even after I went thru there break in regimen. But I know people that have them and love them. I struggle with boots and hope I can find some that work for me.