I ended up getting the Rev'it Discovery Outdry boots because they're a great in-between for tech, protection, and comfort. They provide significantly more protection than many of the more conform/hiking oriented boots like the Gaerne Oiled or Allterain or similar boots for some protection but are great for walking/hiking. The Rev'it Discovery Outdry are very comfortable for walking even with the ankle, tow and heel protection. They're also 100% waterproof. A little pricey, but for boots you're going to have for likely up to 10yrs, that's a good investment. They have a really cool system to tighten and remove the boots as well. It's called the BOA Closure system. Super convenient and easy. So much better than buckles IMO. So far I really dig them. Good luck.