Originally Posted by MSSneaker
I just spent a weekend in the Chicago snow. These are not for winter. I don't care what anybody else here says. They are great boots. I had them for over a month in Los Angeles before bringing them here and they were/are perfect and very comfortable.
They can be worn in the snow or rain, and they will probably be ok...but don't buy them for winter use. I've held the Wolverine 1K boots side by side with the Red Wing GT's. I prefer Wolverine's leather, and I think they look a bit better, overall I prefer the 1K boot, but if I were to buy them for winter use I would pick the GT just for the sole alone.
Keep in mind that, regardless of any knowledge people like Crane's are dropping on here about the amount of water that will seep in, etc., there is still no getting around the fact that the leather soles are pretty slippery on ice...I had to be pretty aware of where I was walking this weekend, and almost bit the dust a couple of times in these...I doubt you would have the same problem with the GT sole because it has traction throughout.
That said, if you were buying these any other time of year I would say 1K mile boot all the way. I'm actually pretty excited about how Crane's said he was going to trick out his pair when he gets it re-soled. In fact, I'm interested in buying another pair to do just that with. I love these boots and I've had more compliments on them than any other pair of shoes I have.