Way Out West - Danner Boots
Way out West in Portland, Oregon there is a boot company who pride themselves on "crafting the highest standards". They are Danner and they have been making superior boots for tradespeople and outdoorsmen since 1932.
Charles Danner decided to open his boot making business in the midst of the Great Depression and risk his future on a stubborn belief that superior craftmanship mattered. Rooted in the Pacific Northwest with their headquarters and Danner factory located along the Columbia river Portland, Oregon, they strive each day to uphold the highest standards, knowing that the product they build is no better than the hands that create it.
I've had my eye on these guys for a while, longing to try on a pair of the Mountain Light II's (especially leading up to a 3 week trek I did last year), but, alas, they have no stockists in the UK and I couldn't quite commit to buying a pair from overseas without trying them on. I first came across them when I found their 'Crafting Higher Standards' video series on Vimeo a couple of years ago, I loved the simple aesthetic of the boots, but what really drew me in was the attention to detail at every stage.
Its always a pleasure to see people taking pride in what they do, and thats exactly what happens at the Danner factory. Seeing the care taken by each person throughout production is a clear sign to me that these boots are worth their salt and are made to be loved. I, for one, definately stand by their thought that:
"a well-made boot, though more costly, would outperform and outlast several pairs of inexpensive ones."
All we need now is a stockist here in the U.K.