I love these shoes! I never had to break them in. I daringly took them out for the first time to go on a day trip that included kayaking, hiking, and exploring a town. I kept these shoes on the whole time. They got wet when I went kayaking, as I had to step in the water several times. They have amazing traction and feel very durable. If you take the insoles out, then the shoes are truly waterproof (the insoles take a while to dry though, understandably). They dried during my hike and I felt no discomfort whatsoever. Success on this trip! I next took these shoes on a 2 week backpacking trip. I wore them every day for the first week. The only reason I stopped wearing them was because it got too hot, and they started smelling. Overall, I would highly recommend these shoes. Good price, great quality, and amazing comfort. My only complaint is the smell, plus, it might be nicer if the side vents were a little bigger. It would help air the shoes out better, and it'd make it easier to get debris out.