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I'm an engineer who occasionally visits the shop and outside plants. I basically where these everywhere: office, shop, camping, out to dinner, etc.
These are my third pair of these shoes. I used to buy them locally at Work World, but they no longer carry them. I accidentally ordered the Timberland PRO Men's Titan Comp Toe Oxford Black Work Shoe and had to return them. They are very similar, but the Work Shoe is less of a boot (so they feel less secure on the ankle) and do not have the metal grommets for the laces as these do.
My first pair were replaced because after two years I marred the toes so much that my wife hated them. The second pair split on the right sole after two years. The sole split is a common failure point as I've noticed in other reviews.
These are definitely made differently than my last two pairs, but they are the same design/materials. I would suspect that a different manufacturing facility is making these now and small adjustments were made to accommodate new equipment and/or reduce cost.
The toes do mar very easily. So don't expect them to look great for very long. A little polish helps, but the leather will chip. No amount of polish will remove the chipped leather. I already have a small tear on the left shoe after two weeks.
Also, the insoles will start falling apart after a year. Mine usually have holes where the toes are. These can be replaced, but I've never bothered since the comfort did not diminish much and the only result was a few torn socks.
These will set off a metal detector. When you are going through an international airport that does not require you to remove you shoes, remove them anyways.
This is the second pair of timberland boots, first pair was bought at retail store. Husband liked them so much, I bought second pair on Amazon, for $40.00 cheaper. They wear well and husband wears them every day at work, first pair were brown, second pair are black, don't show dirt as much as the brown pair. They hold up very well in a machine shop.
Like several others, I thought the shoe to be a bit larger than the 10.5M I expected. At first the shoe fit tight with plenty of toe room. After wearing them for a couple hours they really loosened up and felt big. I put inserts in them which tightened them up again. Worn them for two days at work now with no real complaint, I'll keep you posted if something changes.
I initially ordered a pair of slip on Steel toes. Later exchanged for this item. Very comfortable shoes. Light weight for a steel toe. it has an awesome cushion, my usage is 8-9 hours a day, concrete floor. Just like dress shoes.