12 years in the Marine Corps, 3 years LE as a road Deputy and firearms instructor have made me very particular on the boots I wear and keep. The Urban Operator waterproof boots have surprised me and continue to surprise me. I have worn them for the last year for every shift that I have worked which comes out to about 2,000 hours in these boots. After a year I am still able to polish the boots to keep them presentable, none of the stitching anywhere on the boot has come out or loose, there is still about 60% tread left on the boot and there is no sign of the sole de-laminating from the body. In the past I have stuck to brand names like Bates, Belleville, Danner, etc but these were issued to me through my department and I have been very surprised and pleased with them up to this point. There was no break in period required and they kept my feet nice and dry through multiple dog tracks through creeks and swamps. Great pair of boots.