Santa Fe, New Mexico
I walk at least 5 miles a day in varying terrains...hard surfaces and uneven soft surfaces...during the same walk. Finding the right shoes has taken me 11 years and these Blackstones are it! They have the cushion to alleviate the impact of the hard surfaces (concrete, asphalt) on my joints, and have the flexibility and traction to maintain a steady pace in the sand. The support the construction of the shoe provides is perfect for me. I have low arches and tend to pronate. These Blackstones keep my feet well aligned. The leather is very soft, beautiful and yet durable. I feel guilty taking such nice shoes into the terrain I do but they come out looking great...just a little dusty and dirty. The leather is holding up beautifully and somehow seem to avoid getting scuffed or scratched. Blackstones are worth every penny.