These boots are everything I'd hoped they'd be. Not only are they GORGEOUS and comfortable, but they can stand up to the winters where I live, which involve lots of snow and all the junk that goes along with it (slush, sand, road-salt -- all of which destroy boots made of any softer fabric). When I initially put them on, I could tell they'd need to be broken in carefully to avoid rubbing a spot on the back of one of my ankles, but that is easy enough to do. I just avoided wearing them for prolonged periods for the first week and instead wore them for just an hour at a time to and from work each day, or for short walks outside to the store. After about a week they were just fine and now seem almost molded to my feet. Love it. I'm officially a Merrell fan for life.