I didn't purchase these boots from this site, but it's clear this is a site for professionals, so I'm adding my review here. I got these boots thinking I had finally found the boots that covered everything: waterproof, flexible, grip on flat surfaces and also natural terrain. I was in heaven for 2 months, then snow and with it, salt, arrived. Suddenly, my feet were soaked. It looks as though the soles have separated from the body of the shoe, either due to poor adhesive or some other reason, and moisture leaks in through the bottom of the shoe, where the gore tex does not cover any area. It seems to be a hit-or-miss situation with these boots, and only the women's - the men's reviews don't reveal anything similar. They don't have a warranty, and are made in China. I never contacted Bates - they might be helpful, I don't know. I was too disappointed to bother. I'm sticking with Danner.