These are the most expensive boots I have ever purchased and I spent around 3 months deliberating and trying to talk myself into buying them. Finally found them at a decent price and I couldn't be happier. As well as being a darn good looking boot they are by far the most sturdy, comfortable, and high quality boots I've ever owned. I guess you get what you pay for. I actually look forward to putting them on and lacing them up in the morning. They are that comfortable. I have hiked in slippery conditions with them and have not had any of the traction issues that so many others have reported. I love the fact that they are resolable and the cutout near the ankle on the boot allows for great flexibility without compromising ankle support. My least favorite thing about the boot is their weight. I say least favorite because I really hate to write it off as a con because with a boot this sturdy and durable one can't expect them to be featherweight. Overall I love this boot and HIGHLY recommend it to anyone looking for a serious backpacking boot that they intend to own for many years and have resoled instead of just trashing it once the sole is gone. I'd still recommend the boot to someone who isn't really into serious long distance or heavy load backpacking because it can't hurt to have a great versatile boot for dayhikes etc. That being said, if you're more of a dayhike or overnight camping kind of person don't be apprehensive about saving yourself some money and going with something less grand. Lastly I'd just like to mention that if you're like me and constantly go out of your way to buy a product that isn't stapled together in some dungeon factory in China by 12 year olds, you'll feel great knowing that this boot was made in Italy by a family owned company with some wonderful outdoor history...that alone justifies the price of these boots for me.