Eric H.wrote a review of La Sportiva Sandstone GTX-XCR Hiking Shoe - Men's on December 4, 2009
Break-in only took a couple days and the little bit of stiffness was relieved after that. This is a rugged shoe. Definitely sturdier than a regular running shoe. If you're looking for a light hiker/day hiker or just sturdy around town shoe, I recommend this shoe. I own a pair of La Sportiva Backpacker boots, and these feel like the same good quality. When ordering you might order one half size smaller. Even though I added an insole cushion, I still needed to size down one half size (from 45 to 44.5).