I bought these after my leg was broken in 2 places, crutches for 3 months and a surgery and a cam boot for an additional 1 month. My ankle was swollen and my foot hurt most of the time. I play in a band and needed boots to stand and gig in, but my frye cowboy boots were not going to cut it. These were my lifesaver. I have worn these for 10 gigs so far and each time, my feet feel GREAT afterward. The cushion on the bottom is wonderful. They have awesome support and grip. I always get compliments from guys and girls when I wear these (I have the cinnamon color) especially when I wear them with dresses. They look cute and stylish. Thank you merrell for saving me from foot and ankle pain!