This is a first glance opinion, so only time will tell. The soles seem extremely thin which is concerning in terms of puncture resistance when walking across rough ground, thorn penetration seems likely. The thickness of rubber in the ankle area is very thin and is subject to high flexure which will lead to the boot splitting. They fit my wife well but for the price I was expecting a higher quality of boot fit for garden work. I fear when using a spade, the steel edge will split the sole making the boot worthless.