We do A LOT of hiking the on the Appalachian Trail during the summer. Usually I just borrow some outgrown shoes from my 13 year old, and bitch afterwards about how much my feet hurt! This year we're planning on doing a few days to a week of section hiking, so I treated myself to some unconventional footwear. Granted, I won't be able to hike over extremely rough sections of rocks,(no worries here in VA) etc. but so far I'm in love with these!