I have two pairs of Mephisto mules that I love and still continue to wear around the house and for gardening. They are just as sturdy and show only a little wearing down of the heel. (I've had them for at least 5 years.) The brown ones are scuffed, but the black ones are only a little scuffed, and I can cover them with polish and still wear them out. But, I decided I'd like to buy a new pair. These feel just as comfortable, but since we are into Spring, and mostly wear sandals here, I haven't had the opportunity to wear them as often as I will in the Fall and Winter. The shoe store where I purchased my original ones here has closed. Thus, I ordered them online rather than try to locate them in another store. For comfort and durability, I haven't found another shoe to match these. And I think the new pair with the design is stylish. These shoes are my "go to" ones for shopping, and any activity where I will be on my feet. It's as the salesman told me when I purchased them. "These shoes will change your life." It's true. I have a high arch which makes my foot wide. At my age, I want a comfortable shoe. I don't squeeze my foot into any uncomfortable shoes any more. I believe you CAN have comfort and style!