I bought these in 2007 and have used them as my primary street boots since then. I also used them on the track until I got a more serious pair of boots that were more appropriate for the speeds of the track. That being said, I am very fond of these boots. They still are kicking 8 years after I bought them. They show their age, but I have replaced the toe sliders a few times, and they are still super comfortable and have broken in very well. I crashed in them 2 or 3 times, and they are no worse for the wear. In a head-over-heels 60 foot tumble I took down the road, I had no injuries below the knees, even though I suffered at least 2 direct strikes to the heel/achilles area. Are there more protective boots available? Sure. I had a few sets of legit track boots by Sidi and Heroic, but none were as affordable as these SMX-5 boots. Velcro is still good, stitches and seams are intact. The soles are a little worn in the heel areas but have plenty of life left. Definitely a great pair of footwear, I actually looks forward to putting them on. Old reliable.