I'm very pleased with these shoes. I purchased them for a trip later in the summer when I will be doing a lot of walking but thought I should break them in now in case there are any spots that might rub, especially on my tender 'winter' feet. I didn't need to worry. Although it's the first time I haven't worn socks this spring, I've gone on 3 long walks in 2 days with these shoes and my feet are fine, not one spot that rubbed or was uncomfortable. The combination of straps and cushioning make these shoes one of the most comfortable I have ever worn, right out of the box.