I took my pair with me earlier this summer on a backpacking trip through Mexico. I wore the hi-top chucks I took on most days, but I'd wear the boots on rainy days.
To end the trip, I stayed a week with family, and wore them almost daily there. Hiking, spelunking, horseback riding, tending to livestock, etc. My cousins and uncles commented on how much they liked them, too.
I've been meaning to clean them and reapply Sno Seal, but I've been leaving them at my parents' house and the last time I went home I got them muddy.
First post. Just got mine Monday and yes, the ankles are a bit snug out of the box. These boots are amazing though with a very solid construction...basically what everyone's been saying. If your on the fence about these...just do it. As far as sizing goes...I'm a 10 in Sperrys, Chucks, and Nike Frees, I'm a 9.5 in these and they fit perfect (true to width, too).
y'alls must have fat ankles. my ankles are by no means small and with normal socks, tightening the laces almost fully closes the ankle over the tongue...if they stretched any more, they wouldn't be able to tie tight.