These boots are great for the field work that I do as a wildlife technician for state fish and game agencies, doing hiking, fencing, tree planting, stream survey work, etc.. My last pair lasted almost 2 years with much abuse in wet grass fields, muddy ditches, etc.. The rubber toe end helps prevent wear. The Obenaufs Leather Oil with two coats when bought new and additional coat during the year really saves the leather, works well!! The free shipping is nice, although I'd pay a little extra for some more tape on the box, than the one piece that was on it, the box was half open when I got it.. I may look into the Danner Talus GTX model 43511 for my future pair, they even have more rubber protection around the sides of the boot, Great price on the boots! The stitching is usually the first thing to go, then the inner Gore-tex will start to leak, I trashed the rubber soles from pushing in steel tee posts, so that's a no-no. I have high hopes for these boots and they should last well!! Thank again!