$325 for a pair of Danners?? Care to buy my ice fishing business in the Caribean?? Danner Acadia's (every model of the Acadia) and Ft. Lewis can be easily had to all points in Canada for less than $200 on your doorstep, there are alot of independent Danner reps in Canada, that will give you a good break on them.
The MkIII is a very good boot for a DMS design. I still regularly wear mine in rotation with my Danners. Everybodys feet are different, yet the majority of issues can be resolved by proper fitment. MKIII 10-10 1/2 E fit me great when new, but once broken in, are like wearing mukluks, have gone through alot of suffering with 9-9 1/2 E's to achieve the perfect fit once stretched.......the joys of a direct molded sole. The thing I like the best about the MKIII's is that when they get wet I can easily drain out the water, versus a lined boot which I have a wet/soggy foot for many more miles. I have been wearing Danners almost daily since 92, it took me about 3 years and several pairs to find the perfect fit. But now I can get a any model in my size and they fit like a glove. One pair has now been resoled 6 times since 94 and has yet to leak, but yeah i look after them.
I find the aspect of a boot allowance to be valid argument, but feel it should only be permitted for actual field use boots and on operations. Vibram soles, mainly the Sierra and Keltterflit (sp?) do not like pavement that much. If you wear them daily in garrison, especially including the odd bout of drill.....you'd be spending $50-$100 per annum getting them resoled. Why not keep our awesome MKIII's for those that love them and still maintain a boot in the system we can exchange regardless.
Also wondering individuals view on how a boot allowance would work, ie X number of $$$ per annum to use on approved footwear (then what would the dollar amount be and is it avail to all, ie added to ones pay once per year or upon presentation of a receipt???) We all know if an allowance is forces wide, lots will bicker as soldier X used his allowance to buy beer versus boots etc...