Judging by the shape, you'd think Danner's Ridge Arctic Shadow boots were built for exploration. Instead, they were designed with slippery, slush-covered city streets in mind. The upper is made from full-grain leather and 1000 Denier nylon, lined with waterproof Gore-Tex, and lined in Thinsulate insulation, keeping feet dry and warm in adverse conditions. To keep weight down, the boots integrate the shank, midsole, and lasting board into a single piece, while the Vibram Arctic Grip AT outsole provides consistent traction across a variety of surfaces. Made in Portland, Oregon.