I previously wore Magnum tactical boots and I was looking for a replacement. This is Bates' "rider" version of their Escalante boot. It has a padded tongue and waterproofing. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that these boots did not need any breaking in. The first time I put them on I was able to walk around my neighborhood with no pressure or discomfort. They feel good on the bike and are very well made. An inside zipper with a water-shedding flap make it easy to pull the boots on and off. These boots are all-day comfortable to wear. I also wear them to work. In my photo is a picture of my old 6" Magnums compared to the new 8" Bates, wearing regular white athletic socks to get a feel for how tall they are.