I have had a pair of the brown Balance boots for two years. I like them very well. The buckles are fiddly. I like word, "fiddly". It's an apt description. One morning after fitful night of little sleep (in a tent during a heavy rain) I was fastening up my boots and something felt very wrong. Rubbing my eyes and looking again I had started to attach a buckle to the wrong strap. No wonder if felt odd. You should be awake when putting on any boots.
One thing I don't like is there's no hard ankle protection on the inboard side. Not likely there would be on a true trials boot.
Yes, they're pretty comfortable and they are waterproof like a duck's ass. No leaks, no worries. Even if you get your DR-Z stuck in a spring. The water kind, not the coiled kind.
Honestly there's another pair of boots I wear more often just because they go on faster but there are no boots that could be more dependable than these.
Streets still unseen, we'll find somehow. No time is better than now.
-Steely Dan 1972