I purchased these for canoe trips and kayak trips and would highly recommend them for the right situations. I've used them on two trips so far, one with more satisfaction than the other. The lacing system is easy to use, tightens around your whole foot well and stays all day. The interior of the shoes are comfortable, tread is good. They keep out rocks, even small pebbles pretty well and I highly recommend them if this is what you're concerned about. I've also hiked in them after being in the water all day and have no complaints at all. A great all around shoe. Here's what I don't recommend them for - sandy trips. I wore them on a week long kayak outing in the Apostle Islands. I hadn't been there before so I didn't know what to expect, but nearly all our campsites were around sandy beaches (I was picturing little sand, more rocks and dirt or rock landings). Where theses shoes are not so great is that when you get sand in them, you can't get it out without taking the shoes off. Keen sandals would have been better on this trip. While I wouldn't recommend for water outings in sandy areas, if you use these for other water trips you'll be very happy from my experience.