Yes ! They are a chuffing lot of money ! But these last for decades ! I had my last pair for 20 years and were worn most of my travel around the globe. They were only thrown out at my wife's insistence ! That day was heartbreaking ! I found putting the cat down harder ! I sneaked them out of the bin twice . It's on expedition work you really find out how much better they are compared to anything else ! I did a jungle expedition back in 1997 and these were the only sandal that lasted the 3 and a half months in a Mozi infested jungle island that we launched boats from every day. So they were in and out of sea water everyday, being used to climb over rocks every day, the grip was always superb. Jungle trekking expeditions they were the only ones that could last the distance. Pound for value these are an ungodly bargain !