I had not planned on buying sandals, I was looking for athletic shoes. Once I tried them on, I knew they were not coming off of my feet! Now I am in the market for another pair. Sizing: I usually wear a 7-1/2 and I bought an 8 rather than downsizing with a 7. Expectations: I took them along on a trip to Europe with the intention of only using them on the plane. I hardly took them off! The uneven cobblestone streets, stairs, long waits in line...... my feet never hurt.