"Quality, waterproof hiking boot with short break-in period. Wide toe box"
I have about miles with these boots and they still feel great, no irritation or loss of comfort/durability. This is waterproof boot and as with most, breathability can be an issue. I feel these are on the more breathable side than others I have worn. As mentioned in the cons, I needed some time to have better traction on wet surfaces, mainly rocks, but now the shoes grip fine. I am wearing a 1/2 size up from my normal everyday shoe to avoid having any black toe problems. For me it's a perfect fit, not too much wiggle within the boot, but not overly tight. The Salomon lace locking system can help you if you want a loose bottom but tighter at the top of the boot. I prefer a little looser at the bottom (locks in the middle) then tighter to support my ankle and bring my heel/ankle to the back of the boot.I haven't had any problem with debris entering the boot while wearing my merino wool socks and while walking over rocky terrain, it feels fantastic.
So I bought a pair of Salomon Quest 4D GTX boots after reading about them on No Easy Day. I have to say, if they're good enough for Seal Team 6, they are definitely good enough for me. The break in period was very short and they are nothing short of heaven on my feet. I wear them quite often even when I'm not hiking. I do a lot of shooting on the range and after 8 hours on my feet, the only thing that doesn't hurt, is my feet! Try them out, you won't regret it.