These shoes are great. I bought that as an affordable alternative to hiking books due to the fact that I am cheap. The only real problem that I found is that they catch more dirt in them than regular low top shoes. The second problem that I have had with these is that since they are gore-tex, once the weather got warmer they made my feet clammy after wearing them all day. Other than that I have been very pleased with the shoes. They have done everything I wanted and expected from them. I would have preferred a non gore-tex mid height shoe.