My current boots are old, high mileage, and showing some wear and tear so the time was right for me to order out a new pair from a local vendor; the new boots arrived today. Union made in the USA, these are my signature boots, I identify with them, they are a part of me; when I was 18-years-old, my first requisite safety shoes were steel toed engineer boots and, if I recall correctly, cost me a wee bit over $90. Cost adjusted, they were far more expensive in 1970 than they are today. I do not have a blind allegiance to unions but these boots do have the quality I desire and are within the premium I will pay for domestically manufactured goods. Carolina does the job for me.
For the most part, engineer boots were my dance shoes for 37-years inside the world of industry and related construction-sites; during my six-years of retirement I found that they still suit me just fine. No jobsite I can remember was OSHA exempt from requiring safety shoes, yet any lumber or material yard open to the public has flip-flop clad customers loading lumber, pipes, pumps, bricks, and stones into their SUVs; go figure. Should you ever see a mower or heavy object transform toes into a nebulous gory mess, you may just become a believer.