The New ones are more engineered than the older type, and look like they should be on the feet of Robocop. I wear the old ones every day and they`re quality, mega comfy and these days as rare as hens teeth. If you can get a pair and they are in decent nick and a good price then I say buy them. Failing that try a pair of Bates, basically the same as GSG-9 Mk 1`s. Just as good.