I use these shoes for powerlifting - deadlifts in particular, but also when I am doing strict press, etc. - basically anything that I want a perfectly flat shoe with no cushion. These shoes provide exactly that and are extremely comfortable. I normally take a 7 or 7.5 in shoes - in these the 7 fit perfectly, so I would say they run on the slightly (although not overly) large side. They have a wider toe box as well, so if your foot runs on the wider side as mine does, these are a very comfortable fit.