These shoes get better every day. Literally, they feel more comfortable each time I wear them. And I also get compliments like crazy; everyone seems to love the purple. They do get tinged a dusty shade somewhat easily, but the lavender color still shines through in a subtle way. The first few days they weren't super comfortable, but I think I just had to work up some calluses on the bottom of my feet to get used to the texture, and with each hike I go on I get more and more used to them. Another bonus is the sweet tan lines they create.