When I first put on these boots I was surprised how well padded they were on the feet and especially the sides of the boot. I work in commercial development so I'm always traveling to different job sites and a safety toe is required by my work. These are very comfortable after a month of wearing and breaking them in. It took a couple of weeks to finally break in these boots (I had some rubbing on the inside of my arches which caused some hot spots) but they give me no problems. The best part about these boots is the heel cushioning. After long shifts of being on my feet for several hours my feet would start to ache with my old boots which were Rockys but no more with these boots. I've recommended these to all my friends.
I bought these boots for the oversize zipper because i looked at some other brands but the zipper teeeth and zip were small like what you would see on a pair of pants. The zippers on these things are big and seem like theyll last for a while.