My husband is a UPS Driver and he loves these boots. When he first gets a new pair, there is no "break in" period. These boots are comfortable from day one. They keep his feet dry in pouring rain and warm and dry in the snow. Before he discovered these Bates boots, he had tried so many other brands and it was a big waste of money. He will only buy these boots now.
He puts a lot of miles on his boots, so he replaces them about every 4-6 months. But these hold up better than any other brand and they are the most comfortable. The best part is that they keep your feet completely dry!
I purchased these boots 18 months ago and alternate them with another pair from a different maker. The leather is still intact, the Gore-Tex feature is agreat and just now are starting to get real comfortable. I am very disappointed with the workmanship. The glue or cement that holds the soles to the leather is coming off. In the front of the boot where the sole meets the leather, it came apart allowing water to seep in. Also the tab in the back of the boot started coming off. I rate these a 2 due to the glue coming off and soles coming apart, otherwise they would be the perfect boots at a reasonable price.