Let me talk about my particular boots. My first pair were only sold within the USSR.
It had three colors. Green and white for Spetsnaz (elite military), and orange for
civilians. A boot built to survive rigors of industry and war. The orange is usually
seen in Europe today as a motorcycle boot, Armored heel, sidewalls, and toe
(mine deflected a .22 bullet 10 years ago). No metal content. Prevents any
impalement up through the enormous lug grip soles. Resistance to chemicals.
Winter insulated. Won't melt until after a minute of 300 degree of flame
(such as a tactical WMD thermal pulse). Now retailed out of Italy. One USA
order source now out of New York State. My second pair are matte black.
I use them in cave exploration, motorcycling, Salish Sea boating. I own
no shoes. My other boots were made for forestry use and motorcycling
by Red Wing. I have one pair of moto competition old school armored
boots made by MSR in the D30 Model. Decorated with silver foreign coins
at the sidewall buckles. Shoes look stupid if wearing body armor and
black leather head to toe.