These are comfortable out of the box and still provide enough stability. The backstrap and stretch cords on the sides keep your foot secure when walking and the toe box is very flexible so it feels quite natural and there is no flopping from the platform sole slapping as you walk. I got the multi color stripe and am very happy with how well it coordinates with and compliments many items in my closet. It's an ideal mix of comfort, fashion, and given how it stretches your wardrobe, it's a frugal purchase. This could be the only shoe I need all summer except for the most formal occasions.