We went for vacation where it rains a lot. My daughter used the umbrella days model for the entire rain season, every day for 3 months. The boots are as sturdy as you would expect. Boots bend with the leg. Strong sole. My daughter said it doesn't hurt like many other rain boots she has used. The handles did not break even with regular use. The boots do not produce bad odor even with traces of water gone inside. It did have plastic odor as soon as I took it outside from the packaging cover; but the odor went away in a few hours. Even when she hit hard objects on the ground with the boots, like stones in rain water, it did not hurt her legs. It is extremely easy to clean wipe the boots. Stayed clean even after walking in muddy water. This pair of boots saved my daughter's feet clean and from getting wet. Even when it looks more expensive than other boots available, this item is very good!