"These Aquatalia, llike the others I own, are gorgeous and stay that way. The leather is soft and pliable to the touch but is heavy enough to hold its shape. They are weatherproof which is great for me as I live in the Pacific Northwest and I don't have to worry when I step in puddles! And I love that the soles have traction tread! These boots, as well as the other Aquatalias I own, are incredibly comfortable and functional. I will say, though, that the boots run small in the calf but that's the only warning I would heed someone; consider the calf measurement seriously."