These shoes are the step sisters of the Hellbound and they certainly are in every way. It takes the model of the hellbound with a few changes but yet an entirely different shoe. It works out for me because I was tempted by buy the Hellbounds in black and now they came out with Salem so everything is all good in the world. The zippers are different on each shoe, I dislike that the Salem has the zipper in the backside versus the side. It irritates my skin and I can't fit socks with it so I'm pretty much screwed. Probably tights would work but it might rip a hole, so I probably won't wear them together. Ugh the dilemma. UNLESS, I loosen the laces to fit the socks. Anyway, I'm sorry if my post doesn't make sense. I've been a bit delirious these last few days. Lack of sleep and school is just kicking my ass. Point is, the shoes are very similar but very different. I feel I have less control in the Salems, when I can walk like it's no one's business in the hellbounds. I can't figure out if it's the height of the shoes or the structure of it. Let me know what you think.