And if you go into most fabricators and welding shops today, only a few of the guys are wearing Wolverines or Redwing boots. You buy what you can get, and most guys working hard labor are not thinking very long term. A guy who went out west to be a miner was a man short on sense, short on sanity, or short on options. In a commercial society, the utility of a product is not measured after use, but before purchase, leading to strange decisions. Levi's weren't truly popular until long after their jeans were really needed. A man who wants to look competent buys feature-rich equipment. A man who is competent buys what he's comfortable with. A man who actually needs something buys what he can get.