I bought a pair of these 5 years ago when I forgot to pack my running shoes. I thought they "looked cool".I still wear them. They have gone from my everyday running shoes to my back ups to the back of the closet cause I had had them so long. I eventually tied knots in the laces to make them slip ons for working around the cottage. They still have their shape but stink like the dickens. I wore a pair of basics yesterday to mountain bike/trail run and they were worthless-these babies are the top of the line for me. I will be buying a new pair next week to cover me for the next 5 years and will bury the old ones not too near the septic tank, with reverence, of course.