I have weak ankles, walk a lot, needed stability and comfort, these shoes provide very good support for the ankles, are so well made that I have been able to extend the amount of time I am on my feet. I do wear socks with these shoes.
Time has only increased the comfort as the leather has softened yet maintained the support and form. The quality and comfort that continues after wearing these every day for 8 or more hours for the past year are the reason why I purchased a second pair in black. The shoes show minimal wear on the sole only.
My only issue is that both the brown and black leather are gradient colors, not solid.