These shoes are extremely comfortable. The material is very flexible and forgiving and here within lies my only gripe. If you have a large shoes size, 13 or above, you are without the luxury of a 1/2 size. Therefore, these shoes run long and the material does not hug the contours of your foot. As a result, if you are hoping to sport these during the summer bare foot on the boardwalk, you'll fine that your heel will slip out of the shoe slightly. The laces are placed just low enough to make lacing them tight not enough to hold them securely on your foot. I saw a similar Rockport Boat shoe of the same design and tried it on and had a better fit in the same size. Therefore, beware if you are buying these with a large shoe size. Unlike Timberland boots, you probably won't have the luxury of wear these with socks and insole padding.