I recently purchased these shoes and love them. They are comfortable and if my previous New Balance experience stays the same these shoes should last for some time. It was also a huge Plus to find these for $45! The last shoes I purchased were not New Balance but were a name brand and they ended up w/ a hole in the top of them after owning them for two weeks. I was very disappointed and decided to return to purchasing New Balance shoes. My husband has had a pair a New Balance shoes for about 5 1/2 years, he wears them daily and has worn them on long hikes and w/ a quick wash they still look and perform great. New Balance is a great brand and I hope these shoes will stay true to the brand.