I wanted something waterproof/water resistant and durable enough to hike rough terrain but something light enough to wear every day of my trip. These boots really deliver on all counts. I also needed something high enough to support my weak ankle and while these are high and sturdy, they are really soft and not painful at all, even when my ankle is feeling a bit sore. I have very narrow feet so these are a little wide but not as wide as most other hiking boot brands. Big bummer this style doesn't come in half sizes but I am quite happy to wear thick socks to make these great boots fit well. High quality product and I LOVE the purple/gray colors!