I bought these because in these winter months I wanted something, sturdy, but comfy for all the sloshing around. These are wonderful. I forget at the end of the day to take them off, unlike some shoes I wanted to kick off as soon as hit the door! I have done lots of walking in them, no trails yet, but find them very supportive and comfortable. I sprayed them with waterproofing and they have been wonderful in the snow, ice, etc. I love the lacing in them, as I have a bunion on one foot and can easily make the lace looser in that area. I love them!!!