Hello, traction!!! I love bouldering trails and going off the beaten path so these shoes are a must have for me. These Salomon brand hiking boots are by far my favorite boots that I own. And I own a lot! I've never gotten hot spots or blisters wearing these, even 10-15 mile hikes. And I've had them for almost 3 years now. Salmon brand is top of the line. And I got them for a steal at REI.