Patrick did an outstanding job comparing some boots compared to the 1K earlier. I was going to do the same but will sum it up by saying when people ask me what is the best boot I usually respond with saying it starts with the one that fits you the best. Support, traction, etc. follow that. In my case the 1k boots I own seem to fit better than almost any other boot that I own. For this style of boot I like the term Semi Dress that White uses or Heritage that Crane's uses. They are not work boots in the sense that you will find them in the back of the safety boot truck that comes to the manufacturing plant or loading docks. However they work for 99% of the use that any of us on here would use them. And are my main choice of footwear most of the time.
AE bayfield in CXL, 744 1K, RW 9011, Krause 1K
In full sun, the Krause washes out because they are polished with Saphir Wax. The others have a fairly recent coat of Venetien Shoe Cream. Note how the cap toe helps control the creasing on CXL and also shell. I prefer a plain toe for showing off shell in a dress work shoe, but for boots like this prefer a cap toe which is a traditional work boot. The extra layer of leather on the toe adds life to the boot. I have seen people wear steel toed work boots until the steel shows through then paint the steel toe which of course looks like shit.
My favorite is easily the 744 in Cigar shell. Comparing the 1k 744 with some other brown shell:
left to right: AE Dundee in dark brown shell, 744, C&J for RL Marlow in cigar shell, 744, AE Dalton in walnut shell.
Hey that Remi hull on the deck with a brass hull is still loadable! Not interested in those steel hull promo loads in the other pics but I have been known to go head first into a dumpster for AA or Rem brass hulls, especially in 410 or 28. Nice boots too!