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Updated on November 8, 2013
There’s very little that we love more than America. We may be biased, but how can you argue that the country that gave you the hamburger and the right to bear arms is anything less than awesome?
That’s why Danner, a company that has been a U.S. native since its inception in Chippewa Falls, Wis., during the 1930s, has consistently been one of our go-to brands. Because we’re partial to brands who craft products in our favorite country, it’s not a surprise that Danner made our staff pick list.
Staff Member: Mike Miner
Job Title: E-Commerce Specialist
His Pick: Danner 8″ Quarry Alloy Toe
Our Price: $239.95
Colors: Brown, Black
Mike Miner, our e-commerce specialist, eagerly offered up Danner’s American-made Quarry boot as his top choice.
“This is a boot definitely worth mentioning,” Miner says.
Why? Because since its inception more than a decade ago, this boot has had a major revamp. There hasn’t been a transformation this drastic since Miley Cyrus decided to shed her Hannah Montana image. However, unlike Miley, the Quarry’s changes are definitely for the better.
Danner studied and tested original versions of the Quarry boot to find the areas that were most susceptible to wear and tear. After noticing the midsole and back heel stitch were the first to breakdown, they went about reinventing those parts of the boot.
One major change Danner made was to the sole of the boot. The Danner Quarry style now boasts a 12 Iron Vibram midsole with an aggressive Vibram outsole. This sole is an exclusive Danner feature. In addition, to reduce stress on the heel stitch, the updated Quarry boot has the backstitch moved to the outside of the heel.
“I have had these boots for more than a year now and have absolutely no complaints. Not only do they look great, but also they are incredibly comfortable and durable,” Miner says.
Other characteristics this boot has that launch it onto our list of favorites? The Danner Quarry boasts a lighter-than-steel alloy toe and full-grain, all-leather upper.
Although the aggressiveness and durability of this boot are in-your-face obvious, we were surprised by the extreme level of comfort the Quarry offers. The boot comes equipped with a memory foam insert to keep you fresh on your feet.The GORE-TEX lining is not only 100 percent waterproof but also incredibly breathable.
“I would recommend the Danner Quarry to anyone and everyone who is looking for an all-around great boot,” Miner says.