This is my second pair of these boots and I obviously love them. Once these boots are broken in I find them very comfortable to walking around in. When new the soles have a lot of grip on the road to prevent slipping when stopped. On my last pair the soles seemed to have lost that grip as they aged but nothing that made me feel unsteady. This pair the soles seem a little different so I'm hoping that problem was solved. Everything else about the shoe has stood up over time. I didn't "need" a new pair but more like "wanted" an new pair. Highly recommended shoe and I'll buy another pair when needed.