As a female contractor, I needed some rugged but feminine boots to wear on jobs. These fit the bill perfectly! I love the side zip so I don't have to tie my shoes all of the time. The thick soles save the bottom of my feet from balancing on the rungs of my ladder. I also pair them with skinny jeans or leggings and throw on a flannel or sweater for casual wear. I almost want to get me a second pair for back up.