These shoes are a step up, maybe even two, from the "old lady" level of comfort Cobb Hill started out with. I'm sure older women want to feel just as glamorous as they did when younger, so this should definitely be a change of pace...it has a very classy silhouette and is a bit reminiscent of the '40s. The heel is very comfortable, padded and cushioned as is the norm for Cobb Hill and looks incredibly chic with the ever popular cutouts, a trend that will remain for a while. The adjustable velco backed strap is pretty well hidden and allows for a personalized fit. Bravo, Cobb Hill. Bravo!