I had the van ness, they were great shoes, and very versatile. Obviously good for wet weather. Their last is a lot different from the 5 last that the 5th aves are on. I really liked the executive sole and poron insole, but that last is just too narrow for me. I ended up getting rid of the van ness and getting the strand and hopefully the 5th ave soon. The Lombards are on the same last as the van ness, so of you like those, the Lombards should fit you well.