When I switched to these boots 3/4 of the way through the season, I can't even describe how much of a change I felt. After dealing with shin bang and shin splints, I would have to un-do my old boots less than an hour into the day. With these, I kept them strapped up all day long and NEVER had a problem. Easily the most comfortable boots I have ever worn. They were easy to break in, and even with a wide foot I had no issues with them being too tight. These are incredible boots, and for me, they changed the entire experience of skiing.