My father-in-law is 87 and has several issues with his feet. He also has a tendency to shuffle when he walks and I was worried about the thickness of the soles on these particular shoes. However, I have to say that the shoes are perfectly comfortable and he has no problem with them in regard to walking. Additionally, he really likes the insoles which came with them because they allowed him to have almost a custom fit. My father-in-law insists they are the most comfortable shoes he has ever had on his feet. The shoe opens very wide allowing the foot to slip into the shoe easily. The only negative I can see is the fact that the strap which tightens the shoe across the top is too long. We had to have the strap cut off at the shoe shop so that it wouldn't touch the floor when he had it on his foot.