I've been searching for barefoot, minimalist winter boots for months. I was hesitant about ordering these based on the mixed reviews, but my current winter boots got a hole in them and I decided to take a chance on these. Unfortunately, they are not what I wanted them to be. They are not waterproof, nor would I call them water resistant. Water easily soaks in though the sides. After just a month of wearing them, they have a musty smell. If I hadn't spent so much money on them, I would have given them away by now. The first time I wore them in the snow, I had to turn around and go home because the Velcro kept coming undone from snow buildup. They do not keep my feet warm at all. And because of water soaking through (see above paragraph), then your feet are cold and wet. The Velcro also collects a lot of dog hair. I've had to keep wearing my winter boots with the hole instead of these boots. That should tell you a lot right there that a boot with an actual hole in it is preferable to a new pair of these boots.