Granted, I have no need for them here in "snowless" Florida but they would have come in handy on our trip to Washington. We had three great days of skiing and then the weather warmed a bit and the rain started and the nice folks at Mt. Baker were kind enough to lend Ryan and I snowboard boots to do a little romping around the park. He took one look at my green Chucks and Ryan's New Balance sneakers and knew that they would not cut it. But if I had these babies I would have been good to go.