I bought these 3 years ago for a trip to New Zealand. I needed a hiking boot as well as all around shoe as I was only bringing these and a pair of sandals. At the store (MEC) there was a handwritten sign by a staff member next to these that said as comfortable as a pair of sandals. I tried them on and couldn't believe how nice they felt. I bought them and I have worn them pretty much every day since. Just now 3 years later they are starting to show some wear on the fabric near the top of the heel. Otherwise they are in perfect shape. I stand all day long as an art teacher and I am very picky, trying to find shoes I can stand in where my feet won't ache at the end of the day. These work. They are waterproof and have been with me on many trips.(NZ, Brazil, Colorado, Grand Canyon) I actually prefer to wear these on the airplane. After 2 years I found I compressed the heel padding a bit by standing in them constantly so I added heel inserts. I plan on buying a new pair now due to the wear on the heel fabric and because I have paint on them from school but I will keep my old ones as they are still perfectly fine. I can use them for yard work and messy jobs. My daughter just bought the same pair after my experience to take to Peru.