These are my first The North Face shoes, but I'm not surprised that, as with their other products, they're superb. I am very happy with my shoes. They're still pretty new,but have been very durable so far, and look like they'll last a long time. I did feel like the laces were riding a little low on my instep at first, and hurt my feet, as if the topmost laces were the only ones that would tighten the shoe to my feet. I have never had this happen before with shoes, but I monkeyed around with the laces and tightened the bottom ones to even out the pressure, and they feel a lot better after they've broken in some. I love the gore-tex inner liner, and the Vibram soles. They are great shoes, have great design, and you should buy them.