Prior to purchasing these flip flops, I had always got the cheap rubber flip flops that just lasted the summer. However, I did not like how they wore out so quickly. Finally, this past summer, I decided to invest in a quality pair. I remembered that my sister and brother in law each had a pair of this particular brand of flip flops and that I used them on a few occasions to make a quick trip outside. I was impressed with how comfortable they were even though they weren't my size. That's what prompted me to purchase these. When I finally got mine, it was an adjustment to get used to 'heavier' flip flops. It took about 2 weeks or so to stop feeling like they were too heavy after years of wearing cheap flip flops. When I finally got used to them, I wished that I had gotten them sooner. Even after a full summer of wearing them the soles haven't worn down.