My old pair of Falco's are about 9 years old now (I know, amazing, isn't it?) and they probably have been at ther end of their life for a few of those, but I've kept wearing them because they are as comfortable as, well, a pair of old boots, I guess. I have a pair of A* touring boots that are excellent but they're quite a chore to put on and off and I wanted some "everyday" boots to replace the old faithful Falco's. So, while were were in Syderney on Saturday doing the market thing, we cruised by MCAS at Liverpool on the way home and I found these. Exactly what I was looking for and the only pair they had left was in my size...must be karma. AND, my gorgeous wife, who loves to haggle, got the guy to take $20 off the price as well. "I suppose I could give you a discount seeing you've brought your daughter with you," he said to me. ...how to win friends and influence people, eh? RRP is $199 and I got them for $179. I reckon you couldn't go wrong at that price, Italian made (not China or Indonesia or something), moulded heel protector, shock-absorbing wedge on heel bottom, Abs internal shin plate, and they look pretty "trick" too. I wore them yesterday arvo for the first time and they are comfortable; they don't feel really "stiff" like a lot of new boots do, and I hardly even noticed I was wearing them. And if I even get half of the wear out of this set that I got out of my last Falco's, I'll have done well.