I've been wearing Timberland "pro series" the past couple years. $110 at Sears - However, the soles have been terrible. One pair the sole split very quickly. The next pair also split but not as quickly -- so there is a defect going on..... I know....made in China ! The upper part is very strong + never wears out. and I read Timberland was bought out by......? I can't remember who ? . I need a real work boot not a fashion statement - What's been good for you ?