I wore these boots for the very 1st time on a recent cold and wet day to NYC. I only had on a thin pair of socks and walked a lot. I was so surprised that not only were my feet not cold, they also did not hurt like I expected they might after "breaking them in." I often get back problems if I don't wear supportive shoes. I wouldn't call these "supportive" but I had NO backaches. I highly recommend!!