I agree with this. As a work boot the chromexcel will hold up but the Standard brown leather will be more durable. The break in time will be a little longer for the standard leather but well worth it over the long haul. This is what the standard leather was made for, and what has made whites the go to firefighting and logging boots for so long. Also the natural midsole will be black within a month if used as a work boot. oh and you will be happier with a taller boot for construction purposes as well. at a minimum 8" just to keep crap out of your boots. For water proofing sno-seal works very well.
I agree with Univibe. get yourself the work boots and then save up and get yourself a pair of Semi-dress for evenings and weekends, which is exactly what the semi-dress was made for.
Thanks for the help here.
Ive worn 6 inch Danners for years at work and much prefer them to taller boots. I just find them way more comfortable to walk in.
Im a construction supervisor so my boots dont exactly get abused but they are worn around jobsite on a daily basis so I need a tough pair for sure.