I usually go on warm weather hikes, and my Keen sandals are always my go-to hiking shoe! However when I was invited to go hiking this past February, I knew my sandals wouldn't make the cut. With a baby on my back, and a forecast of heavy rains, I knew I needed a waterproof boot that had excellent tread. I tried a few on in a store, but ultimately took my chances and bought these shoes online without knowing much about them. I read a few reviews about ordering up a half size, and went ahead and submitted my order. I was surprised how quickly the shoes came in the mail, especially since it was over a holiday! As soon as they arrived, I tried them on and was relieved! They were so comfortable, but hiking 6 miles the next weekend would be the real test. After the trip, I was so impressed! Not only did these shoes get compliments on their style the whole weekend, but my feet remained dry as can be and not a single blister! They remained comfortable the entire time, without needing to ever "break them in!" I couldn't recommend these enough! I am so happy with my decision and purchase! Thank you!