I have a pair of Cabelas brand boots that I purchased over 10 years ago at a outdoor sale for $25. They are 10" full leather and great. with a vibram soles. they are stamped... Made in Italy. Don't have a clue what they are or who makes them. BEST pair of boots I have ever owned and still going strong. But I know I will need some new boots soon and wondered about your experience. Are Lathrop and Sons, Crispi, (insert name here) worth it. I totally know the boot is the key , but wondering about the quality and is a custom boot needed. For example, my boot is great, Cableas branded, but definitely a quality boot. Should I look for another one like it or go with one of the "elite" boot makers.