I picked these boots up originally last year (the 2010 model in teal) at my favorite resort because I was so sick of my old boots. My old boots made my toes numb, i had heel lift, and did not have any stiffness or stability. When I tried on last years Lashed model, i instantly fell in love. Unfortunately they were stolen out of my car right before x-mas this year :( So I knew I had to get the exact same boots. There are just as awesome! I love the way the tongue velcros into the liner, it just hugs your calf and prevents heel lift. The inner liner has a great lacing system that is super easy to lace up and unlace when you need to get your foot out. I never have trouble getting in or out of them. They are also stylish :) I opted for the regular laces (instead of the fast track) just because it's a proven system that IMO is less likely to malfunction and takes a few seconds to fasten. These provide stability but are not too stiff. My toes never get numb anymore!!