A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, I order me a pair of Magnum Boots. I was willing to give them a second go-round after the first pair I bought when they first came out back in the early 90's didn't agree with me much. Since then, I was sort of sold on them, and then when I did the academy, I threw down a chunk for two pair and have been sold ever since. I put those through the ringer big time and was really impressed with them. For the first few months on the job, I had to make due with a crapass cheap pair that starting giving out pretty fast (they have been moved to SRT duty). After that pair of no name brand boots, I went back to the tried and true Magnums, using the Stealth model as my prefered footgear. About 6 months ago, I noticed that they were starting to scream for retirement, but in my own good way, I continued wearing them until they finally starting showing signs on the exterior that they needed to be moved to other, less profile gigs about a week and half ago. So I began the search. Now for those that know the area that I live, we just can't go down to the local police supply store and pick up a new pair of boots. The closest one is only about a 4-5 hour drive. I could schedule a special trip to go shopping, but I wasn't guarateed to pick up a quality boot, so I began looking at my mail/internet ordering options. Also, with the differences in manufacturing, I knew if I kept my options limited to Magnum, I shouldn't have any fitment issues. So I began checking out the new models from Magnum. Since I wait so long to buy a pair of boots, the model that I replace usually has been replaced by something fancier. I have also been distressed by the over abundance of the side zip boot. Don't like 'em, never will. I want an old fashioned lace up boot. I finally decided that the Stealth II would be the new boot. The next issue I faced was what vendor. Gall's is nice, but they have a habit of being somewhat expensive, so I started checking other vendors that I have used in the past. I found that Brigade Quartermaster not only had my choice in stock, but was $10 cheaper than Gall's so I placed the order last week. Today, the replacement pair of boots arrived via the Big Brown Truck. The boot on the left is obviously the old pair and the new Stealth II is on the right. As you can see, my veteran pair of boots have been through hell. They've seen several rough snowstorms, some fun with drunks in the mud, too many naked old people to count, several scenes where a lot of blood and dismembered body parts were laying and countless hours of court duty. I see a boatload of dirt on a daily basis and seriously, my old boots only got polished for court days, so maybe once to twice a month would I hit them with the Kiwi or Lincolns. The next thing one notices is the sleek, new design. The pseudo nylon material is different than what Magnum has used in the past. I just hope it's cooler. Looking from the back, side of things, there are differences in the design which look like will add in the comfort of my feet when I'm on them for hours on end. Also, if you look closely, you will see the design of the sole has been angled. I've never had a boot with this, though as a kid, I had plenty of shoes like this. I've got to say that in my first few minutes of walking around the house with these puppies on, I could tell the difference in comfort level and my feet were in heaven. This last pic shoes the differences in tread design. You can't tell in the pic, but the tread on my old boots is still pretty good. Doesn't surprise me, even though the Magnums before those, by the time they got retired, the tread was worn pretty good. Those boots saw heavy walking duty on concrete, while these newly retired boots so mostly carpet and dirt time. The one thing I don't get is the new tread is marked "Flex" and "Brake," beats me why. The angle at the back is repeated up front. I think maybe that design will help these boots break-in better. All in all, even though I haven't put these things to the test yet, I believe I'll probably be pretty happy considering my past experiences with Magnum Boots. The one thing that will probably be changed out fast will be the laces. I've always liked having 550 cord laces and these boots, while they state that the laces are hardcore, I doubt it. That's always been a weak point, but it's not like 550 cord is expensive.