They may be a little cumbersome, but relative to other cold weather boots they seem lighter or more bearable on the knees. Furthermore, they have that 60's classic look with a touch of modern appeal, always a good combination and compliment. Waterproof within reason, though you don't want to wade in water or let water get in with the tongue and laces too much, but curbs filled with slushy water are their strong point. The rigid wool-like liner wicks away moisture to keep those feet toasty-warm and dry. Perfect city winter boots!