I had a surgery on my ankle and foot, among a long laundry list of issues the DR took one of the two tendons from my big toe so now I can no longer bend my big toe. I have tried many types of flip flops and I do not like straps around the scar on the back of my ankle. This flip flop is the best. The toe ring is exactly what I was looking for. Since I cannot bend my toe any longer I was constantly walking out of my other flip flops. I recently wore these on a cruise and could not be happier. I wore them from breakfast until late into the evening with no foot or leg fatigue and no pain at all. Plus there super cute :) I love my new flip flop and will purchase more, keep it up Merrell - awesome product!