I've had great luck with La Sportiva Raptor shoes, so I thought these would be just the ticket for hiking boots. I was wanting something a little lighter than my Zamberland Vioz boots, yet more sturdy than Keen Targhee's, and these were exactly that. Unfortunately the fit was all wrong for me. They are built on an extremely curved last. Curved lasts have never work for me in running shoes, but I thought what the heck, I'll give these a try. I just went for a walk around the block to try them out. They felt very unusual. Because of the curve, my little toes were mashed against the side of the toebox, while my big toes were swimming with room on the sides. It was clear I was trying to fit a straight foot into a curved shoe. If curved lasts work for you, these are probably really great boots.