These skates are my first new pair of skates i have gotten in about 5 years. I am just a beginner, so these seemed the best buy for a beginner out there. I have played about 5 games with them now and never had any break-in trouble. They were very comfortable right out of the box. The boot is showing signs of wear already but not much. All in all, if u are a beginner wanting a great pair of skates for a very good price, these are the skates to get!