This is not the prettiest pair of boots, and not the lightest one, either. However, when it comes to safety, it is one of the best. We are required to wear safety boots at work, with steel toe protection in case a heavy piece of machinery decides to fall right on your foot. The store had several types of safety boots available, and the company would reimburse us up to $100 for them. I picked Carolina Shoe; they were around $125, but I was willing to pay $2 out of my own pocket for the extra protection.
The boots feature leather-wrapped metatarsal guard that protects the foot from all sides. They also have a steel toe and tough soles that are slip and heat resistant. Cushion and soft lining inside make these boots much more comfortable than you would think when you look at them. I like these boots. They are a bit heavy, but comfortable enough and definitely safe. I have had them for about 6 months, and they are showing some wear, but that's okay; the boots will certainly last me a year, after which the company offers another $100 reimbursement for a new pair.