I purchaed this duty boot for my Security Officer and Deputy Sheriff job in which I wear these boots at least 5 or 6 days a week at least 12 or more hours a day. Matterhorn has definately found a great design in this boot as it feels like your wearing a shoe its not to heavy to wear and you barely notice them on your feet. I found that side zip feature is the only way to go with boots it makes it so easy to take on and off without using the shoe laces which break after wear and tear of tying them up. Other boots I have tried the zipper has broken on me and this boot zipper is still as strong as the day I first put them on. I have added some insoles in the boot for extra comfort. The black codura leather has held up really well, all leather duty boots tend to scuff up really easy but you can do your best polishing them up to make them look professional. It says alot when you can wear a pair of boots for hours on end and your feet are not screaming to get out of them. I definately recommend this boot to anyone and I will be purchasing a second pair soon.