These boots are an excellent choice for those looking for a sturdy boot for carrying loads over rough terrain. A little bit of break in is necessary, but the design and the quality of leather make them hotspot-free. The lacing hardware permits you to tailor the tension to where one needs the most support, and I have no reason to think that this hardware will fail before the rest of the boots are worn out years from now. (Lowa also has a clever peg integrated into the tongue to keep it centered, which is a nice touch). No one boot will fit all foot shapes, but these fit better than any boot I have used to date.