I understand that everyone's foot is different. My "cruel shoes" may be your favorites. That said, these are the best shoes I have ever owned. For the first time, after hiking for a few hours my feet don't ache. I am buying a third pair to wear to work (yes, the shoes will look odd with my suit). My only warning: they are sized small. That is, I normally wear a US size 9 or 9.5. In the Montrail, I wear US size 10.