I have been on the lookout for a good pair of basic, black ballet flats for years, and finally Merrell has made them! Comfortable, and with a timeless style, these shoes are a wish come true. They were a little tight across the widest part of my foot (just below my toes - totally blanking on what to call it right now), but that is improving as I wear them. I'm generally a size 8.5 with Merrell, but the size 8 fits better with these. Like a "glove!" ;-) I also have a higher arch/instep, but don't find support an issue with the barefoot styles. Thank you, Merrell!