I got these shoes for winter hiking and snowshoeing. I don't do boots and I wanted a decent waterproof mid ankle shoe to wear in the cold and wet months. This shoe doesn't disappoint. Most people will tell you not to hike in winter without insulation, but I have done several winter hikes with these and have been warm and dry the whole time. If you're used to minimal shoes and can't stand to put a boot on to hike, these are just right in the snow but must be paired with a good gaitor. I just got back from a two day trip in the White Mountains breaking trail just after a fresh foot of powder in single digit temps. I hiked for 5 hours each day and was dry and warm the entire time. Never got a hot spot or a blister and with good wool socks just felt great. Can't say enough great things about this shoe! Thank you!!