Handcrafted at Danner's Portland, Oregon workshop, these throwback hikers feature nubuck leather, Gore-Tex-lined uppers that are stable, supportive, and comfortable, while the Vibram outsoles lend flex and impressive traction, just like our other favorite boots of the year. The six-inch height protects you from sharp edges in the field and unwanted slush in the city. (Did we mention they're waterproof?) A quick word on fit: Danners tend to run a half-size big, so be sure to try these on with thick and thin socks. We also love that the company covers return shipping if you live in a rural area far from a distributor. Excellent customer service aside, these Crater Rims are as equally suited for long hikes you take in the woods as they are for cool-weather commutes to the office. We'd say they have you covered. [$300; danner.com]