I love my new Bates steel toe work boots. A recent change in safety policy where I work required steel toe boots. Although a truck from another company came to the plant, I chose to order mine online. The others, though I am sure are of good quality, felt hard and stiff. Along with the sizable price tag and "made in China" emblazoned on the boxes, I decided to go to my old stand-by, Online Shoes. These boots are made for long term wear, the insole is cushioned, the shoestrings easy to place and unlace, and seem to be very durable.