Oh yes, Hi-Tec Magnum's and the like..Yeah Glen, becoming a fashion statement made a big difference in price from when virtually every beat cop in our division wore a highly bulled pair of D.M.s. Nowadays of course most of our local cops are wearing " tactical " type combat style boots which look as if they were polished with a lukewarm Mars bar !
Being in need of a pair of general-use sturdy boots and wanting black 'cause brown boots and black trousers is not a good look I invested in a pair of Lowa Patrol at the back end of last year. They're brilliant, loads of support, comfy, waterproof and warm. I've had Magnums in the past but they're crap by comparison, plus I can get the Lowas re-soled.I used to wear Dr Martin boots when I was a youth but now I much prefer Lowa combat boot's as favored by the police and serving squaddies when in the thick of it but as JohnnyO has said they don't take a Polish like the DMs did! P.