I don't know what the definition of a perfect shoe is, but I can imagine that a picture of these shoes would be the definition. I wore out my old GCS XCR's last month after 2 years and bought these just 2 weeks prior to my big day-hike of Mt. Whitney this July 1st. I wore them twice for "break-in" purposes prior to the hike. I made the 21 mile round trip without a single blister or hot spot. Then I took them north to the Tahoe Rim Trail for a 4-day with a 40lb. backpack with the same great results. The Gore Tex in this shoe does put it on the warm side however I like it because I never need to tip-toe or worry about stream/puddle crossings and getting my feet wet. Great sock combo with this shoe it the Clima-Cool low rise. Also, I wear a 12.5 for everyday shoes and I went up to a 13 for my past and current pair of Solomons and they fit great. The price is reasonable when you hike in this shoe that actually works/fits and that they will last for 2 years of moderate to heavy use.