Took'em out of the box and headed for Zion. After Das Boot/Subway,Birch/Orderville/Narrows,Keyhole and Pine creek no blisters. I ware a size 10 or 43 but purchased a half size larger 43.5 bit tight with the neoprene socks but feel great with md. wt. hiking socks. The shoe did as advertised and look as if it might last for several more adventures. The red La Sportiva label is gone but the rest of the shoe looks fine.