I handled it in store a week or so ago. It looks very well made for a Nike sneaker. It is extremely big and has been winterised. Not appropriate for my climate, but I imagine it would be nice for somewhere with regular snow. Yea I didn't feel the laces did anything on my frees, and they look a lot cleaner without them. Got some Huaraches for my summer beaters. Swapped to Roshe Run laces. It's the first time I've had to size up from my normal Nike size.