I had a pair of black wedges similar to these and wore them to death. Tried to find a replacement, but the camutos were the best I could find. I wear these for travel and work, so I walk and stand a lot. I like the elastic because my feet swell at the end of the day. The elastic around the ankle stretches, but the elastic around the toes has leather underneath so it does not stretch and gets tight at end of day. All this to say, they are crazy comfortable to wear all day. I prefer thinner straps, but needed the thick straps for comfort. If you like the style, buy them. Great quality- you will not be disappointed!