A little about me: Though I spend my days at a desk, I work a second job on the weekends making pizza on a portable oven. That means long hours on my feet, many times on asphalt. To say my feet hurt at the end of the day would be a major understatement. So I was super excited when these arrived.
I have always heard of Dansko as a high quality brand, and always associated them with comfort as I always saw nurses and other people that spend long hours on their feet wearing them. Once I started the pizza gig, I realized my beat up shoes were not cutting it for support or comfort.
The first time I wore these, I found them to be a bit tight across the top of my foot. I'm typically a 7.5 or 38 euro, so that's what I got in these. I agree with the previous reviewer that these seem to stretch a little, as now I no longer feel the tightness over my foot. These are the XP series, so they have an extra padded insert in them that can be removed, which would also provide more room.
With my old shoes, at the end of a 4 hour shift, my feet would be sore. After 6-8 hours, I could barely stand and my back was also aching. With these, I noticed a huge difference in comfort. Sure, 8 hours on pavement will still leave me achy, but not crippled. My back hurts less or not at all and my feet have noticed a massive decline in pain both that day and the next morning.
I will say, I prefer the way they feel with socks. I found that wearing them barefoot I developed hot spots and almost blisters. Maybe for just getting around that would work, but for long hours on your feet I recommend socks. Yes, it looks a little silly, particularly with shorts on, but I don't think you buy these for fashion. That said, the floral design is a nice touch, and these look nice with jeans or pants.
I have to say, I was a little skeptical of the price of these shoes at first. But, having worn them several times for long stretches, I think they're worth it. The comfort level is there and they're clearly well-made with high quality materials. If you spend long hours on your feet, these are the shoes for you!