My husband is a safety coordinator for a big road construction company in our area. His job duties require him to be around heavy equipment all day, and therefore he needs to have shoes that will protect his feet and stand up to the harsh conditions. They need to be comfortable and give him foot and back support as well, since he is on his feet for the majority of the day. We have tried other brands of boots, and they all fell short in one category or another. Thankfully one of his co-workers told him about the Ariat brand, so that night we went shopping. So happy we did! The first thing we noticed was the perfect fit. The size is true and even though it's a cowboy boot style there is plenty of room in the toe. The boot is resistant to oil and slips, which is perfect for the environment in which my husband works. There is six-row stitching which ensures there will be no unraveling of the seams. The heel is set at 90 degrees, so there is no chance of becoming off-balance. And the leather itself is thick enough to give the toes some protection in case anything heavy is dropped. We purchased these boots over a year ago and my husband wears them 5, sometimes 6, days a week. They have yet to wear out. The soles are still as good as new, and the boots still cushion his feet and help to decrease back strain.