This footswitch is very heavy duty and with rounded corners, so you can jump on it hard, stomp it to bits, or if you are only wearing socks at home the corners won't dig into your feet, although the switches themselves may do. I noted reviewer's warnings about the footswitch, but I have plenty of tools to tighten up anything loose. As it happens, nothing was loose, flopping around, crackling, wonky, or in any way malfunctional. No problems with this footswitch. It states that both switches are momentary action, so if you want to use an alternative, or even build your own... The configuration menu on the Beatbuddy also allows for latching switches, so it appears that anything could be used. If you think it's expensive, buy something else - the Beatbuddy will accept just about any 2 or 3 way footswitch with a (stereo) 3-pole jack connector.Update 12-02-16: After about one week's use I have now encountered the same problem mentioned by another reviewer, namely that the plug in the footswitch pedal does come adrift and pops out slightly, causing weird malfunctions to the switch operation. There are several options to prevent this: An alternative stereo patch lead could be tried which may be a stiffer fit into the socket. (The plug in the Beatbuddy unit does NOT come loose). An alternative socket could be fitted into the Footswitch, but this invalidates the warranty! - but I don't care because I'm an amp and guitar tech with over 40 years experience. I fitted a cheap skeleton type socket similar to 175645. The job was easy as there is no pcb inside - everything is wired direct from switches to socket. A perfect solution for me. (Not if you have difficulty soldering though!). The other option would be to use some Gaffa tape (or similar) to stick the plug firmly into the socket on the back of the footswitch. (Messy!). There don't appear to be many alternative products listed here at the present time.