My rating my seem a little harsh, however, construction that compromises comfort is not an option for me.
The way I see it an active shoe needs to fulfill its intended use, be comfortable, stylish and last through a reasonable amount of wear and tear.
It is a great shoe for keeping your feet dry. I've worn it through goopy slush that reached the top of the shoe and my socks never got wet once. The sole has superb grip on ice, snow and wet surfaces. I have never run in them as I've only had them a short time and intended to use it more for everyday inclement weather in the Pacific Northwest and trail hikes. So far 5 out of 5.
When I first put them on I was underwhelmed by the level of comfort. For the price, they're ok. I wear thick wool socks which helps.
The style isn't super sleek or sexy, more utilitarian and unoffensive. For the intended purpose, style isn't too high on the list. The most important part of this shoe for me is to keep my feet dry and warm. Don't expect these shoes to provide more than a minimal amount of warmth.
Where things go from ho hum to ugly is the construction. I sometimes slip them off without bending to loosen the laces which are super by the way. I thought the laces would annoy me, but they don't. I had visions of them bouncing up and down as I walk and they don't bother me at all. The problem is putting them back on. If you happen to fold the back into the shoes as your heel goes in, you're in trouble. They'll never spring back into shape again. Whatever material they use behind the heel, once bent, will remain crumpled. I don't know if it's some kind of stiff cardboard or what, but I refuse to walk around in a pair of shoes that feel like they have a small stone between the back of your heel and the back of the shoe. It's so bad that I can't drive in them as your heel rests on the crumpled back. Walking is so uncomfortable that I'm returning them.
Ultimately what would make this an acceptable shoe would be to have a loop at the back that you can hang onto while you slip your heel in the shoe. This would keep the back straight and prevent it from crumpling in on itself.