Until I purchase this part of work boots I have never had a problem. They could use a good cleaning, but still in great shape. I was so disappointed this past winter. They are comfortable from the start. The best boots are the ones that make you not even ever think about your feet, and those are these for me.I did have to go up half a size, I'm normally a 7.5-8, and I had to return the 8s I bought for an 8.5.