I have had 7 pairs of Chacos, different models and soles. Make sure you floss them (pulling the straps back and forth) or they will wear out faster. The only way to get rid of the cinch up problem is to wear them more, they will get over that phase I promise! They always do that in the beginning few weeks of wear, but I guess I am used to it. The rubber is sticky and make them great for anything from river rafting, approaching climbs, hiking/backpacking and casual wear. They get more and more comfortable as you wear them, my most comfortable pair are my oldest ones. I normally wear a size 10-10 and 1/2 street shoe, with Chacos I wear a size 9 and they fit great. I also have a wider foot and have had no need for wider width chacos.