I grabbed a pair of these because I was tired of skating through vans in a week and I wanted something similar that would last longer. The Belmont is made of the stiffest, most durable canvas I've ever seen on a shoe. Once you break them in they're really comfortable and they last forever considering the material. The sole is good and thick for being vulcanized and still gives you great board feel. I wish there was a toe bumper but that's a minor issue. Overall, the Belmont is a great shoe that I will keep coming back to.