I bought these for my 11-year old son to wear primarily for Boy Scout activities. I bought them because they were billed as waterproof, and we treated them with additional waterproofing before first use. Their first test was a camp-out and five mile hike in the White Mountains, unfortunately during a period of 24 hour rain. The shoes soaked through, but they took about 8 hours to do so. To be fair, EVERYTHING soaked through on this day - GoreTex raingear, my husband's all-leather Vasque boots
, etc - partially due to everything being wet, including performance clothing
, which pulled the wetness into boots
and under rain gear, so it's hard to be too hard on these boots
alone. On a less rainy day or a shorter time out they would have kept his feet dry. My son finds them very comfortable with no break in time and thinks they look cool. Overall, a good performance boot for a reasonable price.