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    Quote Originally Posted by Burner View Post
    From JCrew during a sale? EBay? Elsewhere? I want to know your secrets.
    I got mine after they sold out online during that sale, but I went into the store and they found one across the country in another store and they had it shipped to m for only $100 + tax and free shipping.

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    I have the Chippewa J Crew service boot and the Kenton Pacer. I'd go with the Chippewa any day. I'm also a fan of Thorogoods.

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    Probably too much lug sole for OP, but these Eastland x Rancourt are a steal. $150 with code Friday17 for others following the thread.

    http://www.eastlandshoe.com/product/...ortby=ourPicks

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    I gotta say I love my Kentons. Hated the Iron Ranger.

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    Quote Originally Posted by connersw View Post
    As for others in the ~$200 range, check out the Frye Addison (service boot) or Logan (cap toe). Both are from their Made in USA line. AE Higgins Mill 2nds on Shoe Bank (service boot). Since you are leaning more stylish than rugged, the AE Frieburg is a 3 eyelet chucka that looks very sharp with jeans or chinos. If you shop around you should be able to find Wolverine 1Ks (2nds) in your budget too. Everything I've mentioned is with some bargain hunting, not MSRP.
    I do like the Frye Logans. I also saw some AE Normandys at the outlet near me. Good looking but not a fan of the sole. The Wolverine 1K McClean looks great and though it's sold out, the Nordstrom Rack website lists em at $112, which is tremendous. I think the leather sole is a deal-breaker for me though.

    Quote Originally Posted by connersw View Post
    Probably too much lug sole for OP, but these Eastland x Rancourt are a steal. $150 with code Friday17 for others following the thread.

    http://www.eastlandshoe.com/product/...ortby=ourPicks
    Yeah... Too rugged. I also don't know anything about Eastlands. Any good?

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    Eastlands products vary, so it depends which line/shoe/boot you are purchasing (much like Frye). The pair I linked are actually made by Rancourt which is a very well regarded Made in Maine company: https://www.rancourtandcompany.com/

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    I've got a pair of chippewas that are nice boots. Well made and comfortable. Mine are more rugged/casual than the ones you posted, though I wish I had those instead.

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    In case anyone is interested, I ran across a pretty cool series of articles reviewing four boots in this tier, including close-up photos of each sawn in half and detailed discussions on construction. The series was for best sub-$350 MSRP 6" casual boot and the four finalists were the LL Bean Engineers, Chippewa Service Boots, a moc-toe wedge sole Thoroughgood, and IRs.

    https://www.heddels.com/2015/06/l-l-...-boot-showdown

    https://www.heddels.com/2015/06/chip...-boot-showdown

    https://www.heddels.com/2015/06/thor...-boot-showdown

    https://www.heddels.com/2015/06/red-...try-level-boot

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    Quote Originally Posted by Burner View Post
    In case anyone is interested, I ran across a pretty cool series of articles reviewing four boots in this tier, including close-up photos of each sawn in half and detailed discussions on construction. The series was for best sub-$350 MSRP 6" casual boot and the four finalists were the LL Bean Engineers, Chippewa Service Boots, a moc-toe wedge sole Thoroughgood, and IRs.

    https://www.heddels.com/2015/06/l-l-...-boot-showdown

    https://www.heddels.com/2015/06/chip...-boot-showdown

    https://www.heddels.com/2015/06/thor...-boot-showdown

    https://www.heddels.com/2015/06/red-...try-level-boot
    That was a great series. I like Heddels, but I am too poor to be their target audience given that the Iron Ranger is still entry level

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