I purchased these shoes for a fairly elegant New Year's Eve event in which I expected to do loads of dancing. Due to high arches, small wide feet and very flexible ankles, I can only wear shoes with straps or laces; so that really limits my choices. These shoes felt comfortable from the start, and I was able to dance in comfort for most of the evening. Eventually, my feet began to hurt and my little toes felt a bit sore. Not bad considering that I was on my feet for so long. The only down side of this shoe is that I wish the sole had been less "grippy" in order to slide on a dance floor.