I bought these running sneakers because I had been looking at hiking sneakers. I wanted something low on the ankle, light weight and flexible. Pros: These have a flexible sole and good tread, the fabric breathes. Light weight but supportive to your feet. These are great for walking, light hiking plus I have found they do well in snow and slippery conditions. Great sneakers for your get home bag or to keep in you vehicle. Reason why I feel these would be good "get home sneakers" is the light weigh will not tire you as quick plus you can run in them if needed. There is decent tread if you need to walk off road. The vents and the fabric would allow them to dry more quickly then boots. Cons: The venting. These sneakers are cold in the winter. I knew there was venting when I bought them but never realized how well venting in shoes works. These are great for winter walking (packed snow and ice) but so cold. Not super supportive for heavy hiking. My recommendations if you are looking at buying these new trendy running shoes or hiking sneakers: Try to flex the shoe in your hands, some have very hard soles that have little give. Decide if you will be wearing the shoes all seasons or just for warm months. If need be once you get them home wear them indoors to see if they tire your feet, do they feel to heavy after a few hours? Look at the venting, do you want venting or not. Would I buy this pair again? No, they do not meet all my needs but I have learned what to look for when I go to up-grade. But for now I feel good about my purchase because these were about $40 (clearance rack) and I have worn them in all weather and in different terrains and have been pleased. If I could warmly wear these on 20-30 degree days I would stick with them but I would like an all-season sneaker.