Wow, I had a pair of Pivetta 8's that I bought in the mid 70's and wore for about 10 years. God I hated those boots! They were unbelievably stout, and never really did "break in". When I saw the Pivetta name I had a flashback to the ankle and lower shin pains those boots always gave me. YMMV (and I hope it does).
2010 highlights were a New Balance Fugu jacket, a monocular, and an iPhone4 that also does duty as a GPS and e-book reader.