First I think it's important to share, I hike in Brooks running shoes. I have a light weight pair I love in the summer for hikes shorter than 7 miles and I own a worn out pair of Scarpa low cut approach shoes. I haven't owned proper hiking boots in years. When I put on the Skywalks they were as expected pretty STIFF, but not uncomfortable. I booted up and set out for my first hike, which turned out to be about 4 miles. I had a tiny hot spot on my right heel, mainly due to lacing adjustments, but overall I was happy with how my feet felt when I got home. The major adjustment for me on the trail was the height of the sole, I have to be more conscious of lifting up my feet. The trails I hike are rocky, so rocks that really stick out sometimes catch the sole of my boot. The ankle support has proven to be a major plus to me and I am almost embarrassed that I have spent so many years just hiking in sneakers.
At this moment in time, I've put about 25 miles into my boots in less than 2 weeks. The boots are still firm, I have developed one blister, but nothing that even irritates me when I am out on the trail. The Gortex construction does make your feet heat up in the summer and also makes taking them off even sweeter. I look forward to hundreds and maybe if I'm lucky, thousands of miles on the trails in these boots. Oh the places we'll go.