For the last few years I have always used Redwing. They hold up nicely for work boots and are rather comfy.
The other day I bought a pair of 6" Danners for hiking, backpacking and early season hunting. They are the most comfortable boots that I have ever worn! I don't think that I'd pay that much for work boots where the leather will wear out in a year or two, but for hikers they are well worth it.
I'd stay away from Rocky or Wolverine. I used to buy those when I was younger and they'd fall apart before the year was up. Pieces of junk. Some of the Cabela's line is alright and Caterpillar boots are great work boots.
I'm quite fond of my converse work boots and my Dr. Martin's work boots. The Dr's are kinda heavy, but great, and the converse are more like hiking boots. I go through cheap boots in 6-12 months, while I had the Dr's for 3 years, and have 2 years on my converse and they're still going strong. Of course any boot you buy, if you drag your toes around all the time, you're going to wear through the leather.
These are the converse I have. http://www.zappos.com/converse-work-...9-001b2166c62d
2008 Jeep Liberty KK W/Selec Trac II, ADL Skid Plate Group, 245/70/16 All Terrain Destinations, VisionX LED Floodlights. It's a real jeep. Don't like it? Wait let me check. Yep, still a real jeep.
I've been wearing the redwing 2405 11 inch pull-on boots electrical hazard and steel toe for like 7 years and I love them! My work gives us vouchers for boots every year but I usually wear them like a year and a half to 2 years before I switch 2 the new ones. At that point they are still in good shape. Only worn out part is the toe leather and the steel shows, but that's cause I am a mechanic on tractors and small equipment and I'm always on my knees on the concrete. The soles are still in great shape too. One I the pairs I had 2 get stretched cause they were hurting my feet but after that they were fine. One time I got the dr martens and the leather wore out and the steel was showing so quick! And the soles wore out super quick as well.
My build thread: http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f22/operation-cherokee-freedom-1336269/
Well in my line of work( auto painter) i need something thats fairly light and flexible since im quite mobile during work... Up, down, kneeling, up on steps, etc. i love the Georgia Romeos for my line of work, but for an all around killer boot its hard to beat the Danner Rainforest. I love those things.
Chippewa super loggers. Usa made. Awesome quality. Vibram sole. Maple bedding above the sole. All leather is triple or quadruple stiched. They are fully waterproof, have a one way breathable liner and are also 800g insulated.
I wear them 350 days a year if not more for everything since 2009. I have been amazed at how my feet do not sweat in 95 degree humid summer days due to the breathable liner, yet I can hunt in 15 degree mornings and am warm. They are so comfortable I have done several 100 plus mile stretches of the AT in them. Crazy I know
Danner Super Rainforest. Pricy but the best boot I have ever owned. I even get multiple years out of them. Made in the U.S.A. Wear mine everyday all day. Mine see oil, mud, snow, and ice. They hold to lacerations from climbing spikes and tree bark and from kicking around logs. I like this model because they do not have a steal toe.