Don't let the photo lead to you expect these shoes to be a typical black athletic shoe. I hated to make the move from stylish flats and slip-ons to 'oxford' style shoes, but at the end of the day my feet ached terribly due to little support. I chose taking care of my feet instead of vanity. This shoe serves as a good compromise. The minute I put them on, I could feel the support and cushioning. I wear these shoes with slacks to work. They are a smart looking, well made shoe. If your fit are a bit wider than average, you may find these shoes a just a little tight. I wear size 12. TOTALLY RECOMMEND!