I bought these boots in fall as I wanted a stylish pair of boots to wear through the Utah winter. These boots were instantly comfortable and required no breaking in. I found myself wearing them on day hikes down in the south NPs in Utah during the winter and found them grippier on slick rock than my regular Keen hiking boots. They are basically becoming a pair of boots that I can use for all occasions. They look great in hiking gear and team well with jeans for casual. So far they have survived regular use and hiking. The only negative point is that 8 months in the laces are getting a bit worn and its time to replace them.