I bought them last night at Hudson Trail Outfitters in preparation for my trip to California next month. I plan to visit several state and national parks while I'm there, and I thought it would be nice if I had some boots that didn't make me want to chop off my feet after wearing them.
As long as I'm on the subject, I may as well talk a bit more about my trip. I'll be in California for ten days. My first stop is San Diego, where I'll spend two nights with boliver and several other TWoPers. From there, I'll drive up the Pacific coast to San Francisco, stopping along the way to visit xtmont and jmatonak, and to tour the Hearst Mansion in San Simeon. From San Francisco, I'm heading west to visit two state capitals, Sacramento and Carson City, and to drive around Lake Tahoe. Then it's back south, passing though Yosemite, Sequoia and Kings Canyon, and Death Valley National Parks. And then it's back to Orange County to fly back home. Here's a map of the route, created using Bryan Boyer's fabulous IndyJunior application.
If that sounds like a lot of driving, that's because it is. But I like to drive, and the distance between stops is not too bad. The notable exception is the leg between Sequoia/Kings Canyon and Death Valley, which is quite a lot longer than it looks like on the map above, thanks to an irritating lack of east-west roads in that part of California. I'm considering rethinking that part of the trip.