Dreary, cold, rainy days have one pretty solid silver lining in my book. You have perfect justification to break out the serious boots. For me, that means the Timberland Abington Guide Boot.
You probably know the drill on these guys already, but here’s a quick run down.
The Abington Collection is Timberland’s heritage line, named for back in the day, when the Timberland was actually called the Abington Boot Company. The Abington line currently features Vibram soles, and leather uppers from Horween Leather and Charles F. Stead & Co. Basically, a solid showing in terms of attention to source materials.
The guide boots are by far my favorite of the Fall 2009 Collection (check it out here), which explains why I own them and all. They’re the tallest of the bunch, with 8 eyelets, and have a fully gusseted tongue and moc toe contruction. They’ve also got some impressively effective quilted lining, to keep your feet toasty. To round it out: nicely contrasting green round laces, a Vibram sole (of course) and Horween leather uppers (as I’m pretty sure the Fall 2009 Collection was all Horween and the C.F. Stead leather is new for Spring 2010).
A few more shots of mine, because boots look good with some wear on ‘em (they’d look better with a nicer camera, but so it goes):
You can pick a pair up for yourself (and it’s not a bad plan, believe me), in a bunch of places online for about $180. As it turns out, Amazon currently has the best selection I’ve seen.