Hey thndr, let me tell you something.
If you haven't gotten that gift for the father-in-law, or even give yourself something you'll actually like this Christmas, check out Keen's Dallas Wellington Boots. You can get steel-toed, soft-toe (shown), or there is even a new style (I don't really like it that well). The boot is waterproof yet breathable, the sole is slip resistant (meets or exceeds ASTM F2892-11 EH Standards), and they are quite comfortable.
I stumbled upon these boots one day when I was looking for something to slip on and go tromp through winter's biggest messes. They are good looking, sturdy, and the sole's traction is quite remarkable. I have tried to get them to slip, but they keep resisting, no matter how persistent my attempts. So go ahead and check them out.
http://www.keenfootwear.com/product/sho ... rk%20brown