I have always wanted a pair of Red Wing’s but just couldn’t justify the Australian pricing for a shoe that will probably see limited wear. They are now on my feet, thanks to the US price tag. The sales man informed my parents they would take years to wear in properly, so at my rate of wear a life time. I’m pretty impressed with the comfort straight out of the box and comfort is top of the list for footwear rating. I really wanted to jump in big puddles but the rain didn’t provide that opportunity.