These Hedgehog hikers are well worth the price. No break in period. Comfort and Fit are excellent. I tried on a pair at my local TNF store to get the right fit first, and then ordered from Backcountry to get the right price, service and guarantee. I use them for work, and so far they've met the challenge that my job dishes out. I'm out in the elements delivering packages for a well known carrier, and they stand up to the constant in and out, up and down, from vehicle to stop, and any weather concerns. A bit slippery on tile surfaces indoors, but they do the job they were intended to do. I' ll switch over to a boot when the heavy snow flies, but for about 8 months of the year these shoes are my go to pair for work. I recommend them for that purpose. I'm sure they'll work well for hiking too. Well done TNF!