I was a little reluctant to purchase "work shoes," for work - go figure. I don't encounter obstacles or hazards, so my perception was a little slanted, but I am so glad I bought these shoes. The appearance is very basic, which is what I wanted - nothing fancy, but I can wear these shoes everywhere - to work, running errands, or even going out. As for comfort, I have been on a year-long mission to find comfortable shoes in a wide width. The problem was that if I got them in a good width, they would be too large and my foot would move around. These shoes have ended my search. They're made of very solid materials, are attractive, and extremely comfortable. I found myself at work last weeek picking up my pace during a walk in the office because they just felt so great. I don't review things too much, but I really feel confident recommending these shoes!