These shoes are NOT made for walking. Initially very satisfied with the comfort but after about 8 months of use the synthetic material started to crack and the lining around the ankle started to wear. Emailed North Face using their website but received no reply. After a further 3 months I tried again, as by this time the defects were getting really bad. More serious was the rubber moulding, connecting the sole and the upper: it was coming away and my feet were getting soaked. Eventually took them back to retailer who sent them off for `investigation. Seven weeks later I have been told by TNF that the `faults' are normal wear and tear. Fortunately there are enough suppliers of quality footwear out there so I won't have to buy from North face again.