I bought these boots in Feb, 2013. They gave me a little bit of trouble when breaking them in, but after a half week or so of hot spots on my feet, they are some of the most comfortable shoes I own. I work with the local Fire/EMS and have a second job doing outdoor maintenance. The tread on the boot is also the best I have seen so far. I have a lot of steep mountains and lots of rough rock. These boots grip the rock and let you walk right up the side of a hill with no prob. So far I have managed to blow out some stitching on the side of the right boot, but that is my fault. I would totally buy these again.