If nothing else, the perfect pair of boots is an act of revenge against anything that has stubbed your toe, literally or sartorially. Going to a dive-bar where bottles are thrown more than they're placed in the proper recycling bin? Lace up. Saw a report that a Lego truck crashed and spilled tons of bricks all over the route you walk to work? Lace up. Want to look tough inside that coffeeshop where the morning-barista continually spurns your advances by misspelling your name, even though you're in there every day, and you've even spelled it for him multiple times? Lace up, I guess (whatever, he's not that cute). When the perfect pair of boots stomps into your life, you should hear a quiet voice inside of you saying, "Hell yeah, I want to put those on my feet and splash a few puddles."
Or, you could do what I did and watch "The Punisher" on Netflix, then research paramilitary, patrol, and jungle boots until you buy a pair of Danner Tachyon GTXs. Nothing is more hardcore than a well-informed purchase, hell yeah.
The Tachyon GTX is a lightweight and waterproof duty boot made with full-grain leather and a GORE-TEX liner. I legitimately fear (even the thought of) getting my socks wet, so these boots have significantly reduced my stress on rainy-day commutes. With the right type of socks, in fact, I can wear these boots all the way through summer, rain or oppressive UV-ray shine. My aesthetic is built on a balance of functionality and *subtly* cosplaying characters from cyberpunk animes to keep myself cute yet intimidating; these boots (somehow) fulfill my hyper-specific needs. I'm probably making these boots seem more serious than they are, because I see these boots as versatile enough to be worked into most people's wardrobes, especially anyone who wants something more hard-wearing than Doc Martens.
Considering their waterproofing, durability, and breathability, you won't find a boot of this quality at a lower price. Buy these boots and join my dream, where an army of us march these boots to that coffeeshop and tell Tad (or Brad, or whatever) that my name doesn't have a K at the end of it. You know, or something like that; it's not like I've planned it out and price-checked screenprinting my name on 50+ t-shirts or anything incredibly vindicating like that. —Devric Kiyota
Get them from Amazon for $125.95+ (available in men's sizes 7–14).