Composite toe instead of steel. Just as strong yet don't freeze toes off.I love my Doc Martens, but the steel toe isn't your friend in the winter. Come to think of it, does anyone know of a steel toe boot that isn't like having an ice cube on your toes after an hour or so in the cold?
I wore out the soles on my only pair of Red Wings in about a year. Paid to resole them and got about 8 more months. In my opinion, the Die Hards from Sears are nearly identical and half the price. I wear the yellows over boots also for much of the winter. The best 20 bucks that I spend every year.I've been framing in my red wings for 3 years now and they still have a lot of life left. I had timberlands before these and they were in the trash after 8 months.