Redwings are the rolls Royce of boots, but it takes a while to break them in. I also have Keen boots. The best part about them is the steel toe and soft toe both have this coating over the toe for added protection. It makes the soft toe look like a steel toe! I can't wear steel toe because of my very wide feet, and I do a lot of stairs and climbing, and it just plain hurts after a while. My only complaint about the Keens is the sole wears weirdly. It kinda chunks as opposed to slowly abrading away. I have had them almost a year, and still perfectly serviceable, and because they are one of the most comfortable and light boot I have worn, I will buy them again.