I got tired of cold feet during the winter. Plus I travel alot for work, which also takes me into the upper mid west. No fun at all in January to say the least. I wanted a causal and comfortable pair of boots to wear after work when I got to dinner and also to run errands around town in bad weather. I will be honest. I wasnt interested in these boots but the salesmen (and the fact they were on sale backed with EBs awesome return policy) talked me into it The first few days I was ho-hum but after the 3rd day you couldnt these boots off of my feet with dynamite! They are truly comfortable, warm, dry, easy to clean up after exposure to salt/grime, and are also easy to drive with. They also run true to size (even if you wear wool socks like I do). The toe box has alot of room. These boots do a good job of taking care of my feet while walking to my car in the snow, walking around town in slush and ice too. The soles do a good job of traction on a variety of surfaces. I even get complliments on them. Just a great all around winter shoe that is easy to put on and tie up with one pull of the laces and they come off just as easy. If I could make any recommendations it would be what others have said: the tounge gusset only comes up to about ankle height. But I think thats what makes these boots so easy to put on and take off and if thats the case its a fair trade off to me. Also I wouldnt mind a touch more insulation (like 200 grams). Either way I hope EB continues to make these boots because they are flat out awesome.