I'm a full-time licensed HVAC technician and wear all leather work, cowboy and USMC combat boots at least 90% of the time. I have a large assortment from the top makers in the business. I'm not a sneaker kind of guy and don't usually buy them because most are made overseas and are cheap and chinsy. They don't hold up well for men who work hard manual labor for a living and are punishing their footwear to the upper limits due to their active lifestyle outdoors. These extremely high quality made in USA running shoes kind of break those rules. They are for when you need a sneaker, and nothing else for extreme comfort, or it's just plain too hot to wear anything else in the 90+ degree summer with shorts. I've never seen any imports made this well. A guy like me can/could tear up a pair of those to shreds within a month or so. I've owned a pair of all gray New Balance 990v3s since September last year. That's almost 11 months if you do the math. Granted, I don't wear them all the time, nor do I wear them for things I shouldn't. The fact still remains that these seem to last for what I use them for. That in and of itself is a real world field test worth bragging about. I want to get a pair of these navy ones to go with my gray ones. I also found I can keep them looking great by using a suede and nubuck foaming cleaner with a suede and nubuck brush on the uppers. I use a Mr. Clean magic eraser on the white sole. They look almost new from this simple maintenance. It was easy because of being in the habit of cleaning, oiling and polishing all leather boots and shoes to make them last and look good. I'd highly recommend a pair of these to men who like the more traditional looking sneakers without all the modern wild designs in loud and obnoxious colors geared towards the under 25 crowd. These are 5 star shoes no doubt. Made in USA too.....that means something to some people.