I got these for a trip to Hawai'i in March with my geology class. We'll be hiking 11-14 miles plus per day and I wanted a comfortable, low cut shoe much like a trail running shoe, except with the traction and support of a hiker. So far I've just worn these around campus to break them in, but that wasn't even necessary, they are very comfortable out of the box. They are my new favorite shoes, with the feel of a tennie and not clunky boots. Gore-tex lining works great, and as long as you wear some good socks there's no problem with stinky feet. The only thing I don't like are the laces. Tightening the laces sucks because they loosen up again as you tie the shoe. I'll write another review about durability after the trip, the lava fields are notoriously tough on shoes!