In the past two years I have gone through two different pairs of sorel boots. I had a set of the Alpha Pac boots that I really liked, until the stitching connecting the rubber lower the cloth upper started coming apart. Those were returned to amazon and replaced by amazon. The replacement pair wasn't what I wanted, but it was all I could get. A pair of Intrepid Explorers. Now the rubber lower is cracking around the toe cap. They are old enough that I need to go through Sorel. Now comes the part I'm hung up on. After they get sent in and examined they will either replace or substitute a new pair, but no refunds. I'm not really thrilled about the idea of getting a third set of junk boots and having to go through all this again. My boots get used. I ice fish without a shack. Water gets on the boots and freezes, I think this is what did the stitching in on the alphas. I snowshoe for a few miles a couple times a week coyote hunting. And they get worn when doing anything besides working my job. So. Do any of you winter enthusiasts have a boot that has been good to you.