In 2006 I bought a pair of Danner boots. Used every airsoft game (indoor/outdoor), winters (Toronto...so more slush than snow), and yard work/etc. They look "broken in"...nothing more. Still lots of tread and good to go as of yesterday. They are about as comfortable as my running shoes.
$200 over 4 years of use...that's a good deal.
Dry feet + thin socks + thick socks + good boots = Win