I received my Palladiums (Palladia??) yesterday morning, and have been wearing them since. No breaking in required, I'd agree with one of the other reviewers that they're a bit like Converse High Tops, but feel more robust. They're made from stronger canvas (no inner lining though) than Cons, and with a more substantial sole.
I've only been wearing them walking around a city, but they feel they could cope with a bit more - maybe something a basic trail shoe could manage. I think my Converse days are now over, and they're a bargain to boot! Sorry, couldn't resist it...PALLADIUM Men's Pampa Hi-m Stonewashed Walking Boot