I had a pair of these when I was 18. I wore them to a festival concert in Wisconsin at an amphitheater built on a ski slope. The stage was at the bottom, but the event tents were at the top so you had to walk back and forth up the slope if you wanted to get food/water/swag. My last walk up that slope was to the medical tent because these steel-toed murder boots had worn the skin clean off the back of my heels. My last walk down to the amphitheater was to watch Run-DMC, Rage Against the Machine and the Beastie Boys from 10 rows back. Verdict: WORTH IT.