It rains all the time where I live, so rain boots are a necessity. I have no idea why boots made out of rubber cost so much, but I figure it's an investment, so it's better to buy quality. After all, you get what you pay for - no sense buying a cheap pair only to step in a puddle and get your feet soaked. Anyway, Chooka is a good quality brand - the boots are sturdy and durable; very well made. The ones I have are colorful, in a standard design (they hit a little higher than mid-calf, and they have little buckles at the top, to adjust the width around your leg) with a standard heel height which is pretty much flat. I have narrow feet, and these boots are a little wide (even with very thick socks on), so my feet tend to slide around in them. They are good for in and out trips, running errands, and things of that nature, but I'm sure too much constant walking around in them would cause blisters. I should also mention that if you drive a manual transmission vehicle, these boots are a bit difficult to drive in. If they fit snugly, they probably wouldn't be.