I saw some reviewers bickering (Lori/LSM/Jane) and I feel they have brand loyalty to the point that they felt the need to bash on another reviewer who did not have a stellar experience with these shoes. These are people's opinions and if they didn't have a good experience, it is what it is. As for me, I had a horrible time in these shoes! However, please note part of the reason isn't entirely the shoe's fault. It also had to do with my sizing choice and the other part was due to lack of support. So please, try to be rational and leave your biases out.
It all depends on feet type and whether or not you bought a size up to compensate for toe room and stuff, ladies. For example, I did a 15 mile hike in these and a 9.5 mile hike before that in order to break them in (each time incline was average 600 feet per mile with an occasional 1000 feet per mile in some segments of the hike). I got blisters and my heels felt like the bone was about to fracture in my feet. I was hurting in these shoes. One problem was my fault, I bought these in 7.5 which are my usual size in Vans shoes, etc. I tried these in store and felt the 7.5 was adequate and had enough space including compensating space for swelling due to altitude so I bought these in 7.5. It felt like my toes had enough space with medium cushion socks but when I hiked, those two times, I got blisters and my toes were hitting the top of the shoe and my heels felt like they didn't get enough support. The lack of space for toes and blisters were caused due to my shoes being not big enough. I should have gotten an 8 or an 8.5, but the lack of support is the other problem. Lack of support is out of my hands - the shoe just didn't give me enough support. AGAIN, this is due to the type of feet I have and how heavy footed I am when I hike (I walk heel to toes). I also could literally feel everything under my feet by the end of 10 miles during that 15 mile hike.
To give you more specifics I have narrow/regular (medium) width feet, about 10.75 inches from heel to toe length with a really big index toe. That was where I got my blisters (on each foot, on the big toes, between the crevasses). The other spots that hurt are my heels right on the bottom tip of the Calcaneus bone. I'm giving this a 4/5 because it is a good shoe. It held up really well and was really waterproof. I walked through 6 streams and even slipped on a rock with my shoe in the water up to below my ankle and no water came in.
Definitely recommended if you do longer hikes and if you go up a half or full shoe size with medium cushion socks. I ended up with an 8.5 and it fits great with medium cushion Smartwool hiking/trekking socks. I also use a Berry insole from Superfeet and the hiking experience in these improved immensely. Great shoes once the right size was found and insoles included.