We've long been fans of Portland-based boot company Danner, a company that's remained a permanent fixture among our favorite boots made in America. Although we have a particular affinity for Danner's Mountain 600 line, the Vertigo 917 is a personal favorite when you need something that can tackle the metropolis. Now, a new collaboration with Huckberry has taken this design a step further.
While the Vertigo line was originally designed to be the ultimate city boot, the new Vertigo 917 Gold Rush takes things a step further. An upgraded design, waterproof Gore-Tex liner, and a Vibram SPE midsole makes this boot the most comfortable Danner creation we've ever strapped to our feet.
The Gold Rush adds rough suede that overlaps the full-grain leather that Huckberry says reflects the history of its hometown (San Francisco), the grittiness of the Gold Rush with the refined city of today. But what we love is the boot's polyurethane footbed, and it makes these things hard to take off. We hiked NYC streets for hours in these things, and it rivals the comfort of Danner's more pricey creations, like the Crater Rim, but at a price that's more than $100 cheaper.