Part sneaker and part boot, the Danner Light Pioneer is coming at you from the fine folks behind two of America’s premier footwear makers. The folks at Danner specialize in hearty, durable boots fit for going off-road or cruising around the city, while New Balance has made its name perfecting running shoes and sharp lifestyle sneakers. The Danner Light merges those two sensibilities perfectly, with touches found on boots and speedier footwear alike.
Starting with the waterproof, breathable GORE-TEX liner and carrying through to the New Balance-inspired leather heel detail, the boots represent both American heritage and modern style in fine fashion — not to mention functionality. The Vibram outsole is designed for comfort and functionality, with two lace options for added style points thrown in the mix. They’re entirely made in the USA in limited quantities, so snag them while you still can — and wear them with everything from khaki chinos to olive corduroys and your favorite pair of dark denim as it gets colder. – $430