I needed shoes to dance in. And I got SO lucky I chose these. I danced for 3 1/2 straight hours in my new Rikers and my feet never hurt!!! Not at all. I was shocked. But I do have to say, I didn't understand their sizing. I have worn an 8 1/2 for over 40 years. But in this brand I wore a 7. Makes no sense to me. I purchased locally so I could try them on. I'm going back to day to buy whatever they have that fits me. That's how much I like them.