Really a good pair of shoes for the hills. These things have nice heavy leather, rubber toe rand, down to toe lacing, a high ankle and a Vibram sole. They do take a bit of adjusting (for me anyway) with insoles, tounge depressers, etc, but that's a small price to pay for excellent fit. Not a great boot for extended winter climbing (no insulation) but really good for mixed rock and snow/ice. I'm not sure if Sportiva makes them anymore, but if so, they're worth the cost. I picked mine up about 4 years ago, have abused them beyond reason, and all I need to do is just keep waterproofing the leather. Nice.