i bought these shoes to serve as my new hiking shoes. i have a very hard time wearing hiking boots given my underpronation- typical boots kill both my feet and my lower back. these shoes are excellent. after three straight days of hiking my feet actually felt good (unlike my shoulders from my heavy pack). of course, hiking in severe rain would be a problem, and it would be a problem if you have weak ankles and need that support. Now that I am back from hiking I am wearing them as my running shoes- i typically wear merrell barefoot shoes to run in. These are also excellent for non-trail running.