I have a previous pair of New Balance that are over two years old now & are well-worn (different style that has been discontinued). When I first tried that pair on until recently, it felt like I was walking on pillows. They were absolutely the most comfortable shoes I have ever worn for exercising/walking. The new pair falls far short of my expectations. The plastic that is on the top of the large toe area is irritating and I definitely feel the pavement when walking. The quality of the shoe is okay, it's just that my previous pair were so much better and I actually paid less for them.