I bought these boots in the fall for our Canadian Prairie winter. I outside to work everyday for about 20 min each way, and these boots kept my feet warm and dry through the -45oC weather (no that's not an exaggeration), the deep snow, slush, and ice and everything else winter threw at us. I'm not sure what happened for the previous reviewer, but I wore those boots everyday for 5-6 months, taking them on and off at work every day and the hooks are not loose or showing any unusual signs of wear. The boots are a bit stiffer (more like hiking boots) than Merrell running shows, but I likes that as they protected my ankles from the sharp snow, and added some extra support while trying to balance on icy patches. I highly recommend these boots for anyone that lives in an area with a good, strong winter. They will keep your feet warm and dry...what more could you ask for in winter boots??