Walked around the whole day in mine this past weekend, the boots are pretty comfortable and didn't need much breaking in. The topy was well worth the extra $15. However, I am not sure if I am alone in this but I'm not liking the leather laces that came with the boots, reminds me of the boat shoes laces which I also do not like, so I had to put a pair of extra black laces from my black Indys instead. +1. I just find them irritating to tighten and loosen because they don't slide very well. I hadn't even thought about the boat shoe comparison until you mentioned it. I asked them to include fabric laces, and they said they would in an email exchange, but I didn't receive any with my boots. I'm gonna wait until all the boots have gone out, then start harassing them to send me the laces. I'm also open to recommendations for other fabric laces to use if anyone has a suggestion. edit: Looks like I put in somewhere just shy of four miles yesterday.