Bought these to replace my low-cut Targhee IIs which were delaminating along the sole way too early. The new design of the sole looks to have addressed the problem, I hope. They seem to run a half-size larger than the IIs so I installed an insole. They're also lighter even than my low-top IIs, which is a good thing! Stylistically I like the look of the IIs better. The stripe down the center of the vamp at the laces looks a bit goofy in person. I didn't notice it in the on-line photos, and the abrasion strip around the sides might maintain the shoe better over the long haul but it's just not as nice-looking a shoe, in person, as the II. Aesthetics not withstanding, it's another fine product from Keen. My small construction crew is normally 100% Keen equipped because they're comfortable and hold up longer than many other brands we've tried.