I tend to be very easy on shoes, for example my last pair of Keens is 12 years old and the heel has just started to break down. The uppers and soles are still in good shape. I purchase the Venture WP shoes and find they tend to be a slightly narrower in fit, that is the only reason for 4 stars, everything else about the shoes is definitely 5 stars all the way. The Ventures seem very well-built, are comfortable, have incredible traction and the Dark Cheddar colour is just what I was looking for. I don't know how the "Konnect-Fit heel capture system" works, but my heels are kept gently in place and do not slip.
Georgian Bay, Ontario