I've been wearing black lace-up boots since I went in the Army. I remember, as a young officer, the only boot that mattered was the Corcoran Jump boot. Everyone wore them. Down at the PX, they were about $60.00, or a tenth of a months pay, but if you wanted to look good, you wore Corcorans. You can still buy them today. And, of course, I've also worn Jungle boots. For years, it was Jungle boots for the field, Corcorans for garrison.
But, I'm past the stage of wearing Corcorans. I got over that a long time ago. Nowadays I want a side zipper, and I want comfort. (Yeah, I know that you can get Corcorans with a zipper, but that's just heresy.) I also want Gore-Tex.
So, while I was out working Milady's list today, I stopped by my favorite boot tore to see what they had in stock. Bates! I like Bates boots. I've been wearing their boots for years. They're comfortable, and the Gore-Tex keeps my feet dry when I step in a puddle. I walked out with a pair of these.
Once I finally retire from police work, I doubt I'll ever buy another pair of black boots. I'm tired of them, but in the meantime, I'll wear Bates. They keep my feet dry.