I love my smx-5 boots. I use them year round (20-100f+ weather).
They are considered a sport touring boot and offer better protection than a shoe. Like mentioned before, it's nothing compared to a full fledged sport boot but def better than shoes.
I've had mine for about a year now and no complaints at all. I've walked in them for a full day and my feet Didn't complain one bit. They've held up great as well.
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