I bought these at a local store just before a solo trip last December to southwest Africa. It did indeed prove to be a great pair of travel shoes. They were comfortable to wear on my long solo drive through four countries, on my many day hikes over all sorts of terrain, with socks, and, when all of my socks were dirty, without. When I got home, I brushed off the dust and they looked great. I still wear them. They are still comfortable. They have developed a squeak, and I signed on here today to look for a solution, so I'm hopeful some powder will help and will uphold the five star rating.