The reinforced heel and toe cup on these shoes have literally saved me from breaking toes or bones in my feet multiple times. Whether loose rocks are blowing up underneath you and banging on your bottom bracket or your trails have a lot of tree stumps looking to take off your toes, these are the only way to go. They are the strongest shoes I have ever owned, but they may also be the heaviest. If you don't require a lot of protection I wouldn't recommend the Danny's, due to their weight and breathability. These are a warm shoe to be wearing in TX but protection comes before comfort, especially when it comes to my feet. Lots of style on these shoes; they look even better in person. Machine washable but they take a while to dry (again due to their weight). I got them on deal and wish I would have grabbed 2 pairs! Comfortable protection that will last, no questions asked.