I usually walk on sidewalks/pavement and find these shoes to be amazingly comfortable - right from the box. I have had trouble with my right foot when walking and these shoes eliminated the discomfort. I have worn Merrells for over ten years - the only outdoor shoe that I wear. (I know, why did I have discomfort if I only wear Merrells? Simply put, my old ones, eight years old, were worn out).