I'll have to say these FIVETENS are some comfy sombitches! They got a SUPER STICKY-ICKEY sole that doesn't get shredded into mincemeat like those other brands when I step onto my shindiggin' straitline pedals. You can keep spendin' your hard earned cash on replacing those other brands every week...or...you can get a pair of FIVETEN freeride shoes. I did. And they look cool too.