Whites bounty hunters by jgomez541, on Flickr photo by jgomez541, on Flickr photo by jgomez541, on Flickr photo by jgomez541, on Flickr I have worn these going on 3 years working in a steel shop. Chromexcel is plenty tough, not sure why all the hate or misinformation, but they have done a great job of protecting my feet are very comfortable and i have not noticed excessive stretching. My quoddy's in chromexcel i probably should have sized down on but we are talking about two very different shoes with two very different purposes. I have no idea what everyone does for a living on here but if you are doing heavy duty work you should probably buy heavy duty leather. I think for most purposes chromexcel works just fine.