I can run up and down stairs with ease with these in four wheel drive mode. I tried an eight killometre walk in them to see whether we could use them for longer distances the answer is "almost". I got friction burns on the inside of my right foot. I wore them to drive the scooter to where I wanted to rollerblade from and although they feel secure you feel cold air flying in through the holes, which makes them less comfortable. I would also worry about stinging insects with such shoes. I tried fitting my climbing shoes into them but couldn't. I would get a size smaller but then I think they would feel tight on the sides of my feet.