Putting the boots on and taking them off was a breeze with only a zipper and velcro. There was enough velcro to tighten or loosen the boot as needed depending upon the rider's calf size. While riding, the boot did, as promised, provide excellent ventilation. My feet stayed cool and dry when it was hot, yet they were insulated enough to stay warm when temperatures dropped. There is sufficient arch support for walking short distances; but remember, this is a riding boot, not a hiking boot, so don't buy these expecting them to be comfortable on long hikes. Buy these if you want boots that will last you a long time and keep your feet comfortable in a wide range of riding conditions.