These shoes were comfortable straight out of the box. I wore them for more than 8 hours traveling and there were no issues. I received so many compliments as well! I found that these are a bit heavier than your average oxford (but not heavier than the current trend of lug-heel shoes.) They exude quality from the moment you open the box. They smell like what they are; high quality leather. These shoes are an investment, there's no doubt, but so worth it if you keep your timeless accessories, shoes and clothes in great condition and enjoy year after year. My sixth pair of OAS shoes! Very pleased!