It has taken me three and one half years to write this review. I finally had to replace my laces. I have bought two other pairs of boots to use for my work, but still come back to my Bates for comfort and wear. These boots breath, allow for movement and do not wear out. I use to be a K-9 handler and went through the mud, rain and snow with these boots. A little polish and they are back to new. Don't hesitate to purchase these boots, you will not be disappointed.