Had the opportunity to see the comparable Red Wing (Beckman) and Wolverine (1000 mile) boots in person and must say the Bean Engineer blows them away in terms of quality / construction. Unless you're wearing boots to sit in an office all day, the Bean options are the way to go. Aren't both those options about 2x the price of the LLBean boots? As far as quality -- the captoes on my pair are cut a bit roughly / unevenly. It is a workhorse boot, so I figured not a big deal. I have not examined any of the competitors, cannot say how they stack up.