Like a sneaker
True to fit and size to my other Lowa footwear, they actually feel like your wearing a pair of high top sneakers (if you can remember those). Toe box in the wides have plenty of room. Literally no break in period. If you wear orthotics like I do the footbed accomodates them without a problem.
More than I expected
I have always used rather heavy boots in my past, but I thought I would try these based on comments from friends. Unlike my heavier boots these broke in very quickly while weighing significantly less. I cannot stress enough how nice it was to hike in lighter boots. I really noticed the difference while not getting any blisters on my heels! They offered good traction and flexibility while still offering ankle support. I prefer boots without a waterproof liner and these have a really nice leather liner that is about 3/4 of the boot interior. The leather liner is perforated too - I imagine to help keep them from overheating. I find the leather liner a step up from the cloth liners on other boots. I do not like the insoles that came with these boots so you may want to consider getting other insoles to complete the package. If you are looking for a non-goretex boot that is lightweight while still offering foot and ankle protection give this one serious consideration.
All-around solid boots
Width - I have a narrow foot, and the regular width works fine. That said, if your feet are normal width, you should still get the standard width. Breathability - Great. Often with Gore-Tex boots/shoes in any season, when my feet sweat a bit, the moisture has a hard time escaping, thus making my feet a bit clammy and cold. Gore-Tex is only breathable to a point. With the leather lining, you get a nice smooth interior and a noticeable decrease in clamminess. Support - Great for a light/midweight hiker. When I try to roll my ankle, it doesn't happen, unlike some overly-soft, less-supportive high top hikers out there. Traction - Excellent, typical of a Vibram hiking sole, for front-to-back, side-to-side, and diagonal gripping on various surfaces. Usage & Look - I bought these because with their classic, uniformly brown leather appearance, I can wear them to work and play every day, to look like a professional adult but also be able to walk miles and spontaneously scramble up a tree or some rough terrain when I want to. This way, I can wear my go-to hiking boots all the time and be ready for almost anything. If I'm going backpacking for days, I'll wear heavier duty Gore-Tex boots for extra support and waterproofing. But if I'm going for a 1-2 day hike, I will check the forecast and trail conditions: With only light rain and minimal trail wetness/stream crossings, I will certainly wear these. Comfort - Very good and getting better. After a week, they are well broken in, maybe 65%. That said, I owned the low-top Gore-Tex version of these boots, and they broke in to an unexpectedly high level of comfort*, so I expect these to achieve the same after another few weeks. Before full break-in, the metal shoelace lugs may press a bit, but I recall that feeling going away once broken in. Durability/Construction - Based on my last pair, excellent. All stitching held and leather remained strong. Lubrication is recommended to maintain leather's suppleness, moisture, and appearance. I completely wore through the traction in the soles, as expected from heavy usage and countless miles on and off pavement. *Cons - This may be related to my foot in particular. With the aforementioned low tops, I felt some strain in only my left toe during foot roll that lightly stressed the toe for the duration of usage. This strain remained for months after I stopped using the boots and then went away. I feel a barely noticeable similarity with these boots in both of my big toes - It will probably go away once broken in, but I am keeping my eye on it. Nothing to cause too much concern. Plus, I believe Altrec/Lowa backs up their product if it it really doesn't work for you.