I bought these boots as I go through a different pair of trainer/shoe around every 3 months. I wanted something that was casual and functional, something I could wear to work as well as outside. Having never owned a pair or Palladiums, I took a risk in getting these, despite little reviews on them. Well, I'm glad to say that these boots are just perfect for me. From the thick toe-capped front, to the durable tread, these boots are just what I needed. They've even done surprisingly well in the snow (although as they're made of canvas, I wouldn't recommend using them for too long...). All in all, I think these boots have exceeded my expectations. I will be buying another pair very soon.