I was a die hard Red Wing wearer for over ten years. I work in the E/R onboard OSV’s and AHTS’s. We walk on anything from diamond plate to grating to wood to non-skid. I also hit my toes on everything while walking thru watertight doors, crawling in bilges, you name it. If I ever had a problem with my boots, I could just take them into a a Red Wing store and they would either repair or replace the boots. Well the last two pairs that I bought did not impress me and the service that I got at two different stores was terrible. I had worn the lace-up and Pecos and loved them. The last two pairs that I bought were each priced at around $250 each. Neither pair lasted over a year before the soles were worn down to zero tread on the first pair and the toes were torn down to the steel toe on the second pair. Upon taking each of these pairs of boots to Red Wing for service I was told that they would not be serviced under warrantee. I found out that Red Wing has revised their warrantee to not cover repairs anymore. And at $250 a pair, that’s ridiculous. I have since switched over to Ariat which has proven itself for a much lower price. The latest brand of boots that I am wearing are the Thorogood 804-4441. These are waterproof, cordura skinned, rubber capped toe, electrical hazard, composite toe pull on boots. Let me tell you these things are AWESOME! They are extremely light weight and comfortable with soles that have held up to anything that I walk on and remind you, I work in the Engineroom. Goodyear (the tire company) makes the soles for these boots. I’ve never seen anything come even close to the rubber on these things, not even Vibram is this good. Thorogood is actually a company that has made bunker boots for firefighters for longer than I’ve been alive. They got into the work boot market ten or so years ago and they are knocking it out of the park with their products. Just some food for thought. Here’s the link below for the boots that I have, check 'em out.