I was a little apprehensive taking them out for the first time on Dartmoor. No ankle support and a heavy pack. How would the shoes hold up and more importantly how would I hold up.
Turns out fine. Ankles felt good. Shoes are comfortable. Grip is really good.
The problem I had was with my head. I walked the first few hours as if I was wearing boots. Then it dawn on me what I was doing and that changed everything.
I no longer tried to walk the path to cross streams and the like as my feet were already wet.
Straight through felt amazing on a hot day being able to cool the feet with cold running water.
I have not looked back and it has made a real difference to how I hoke.