These shoes are soft and comfortable right out of the box; no break-in time needed. The "distressing" adds to the great look. The ties at the heel stay tied, they do not require a retie as you walk. They do NOT have a tight fit; my foot can move a bit, which I love. Each time I wear them, and I wear them often, I always hear "those are so cute! where'd you get them?" They fit my feet perfectly: I have wider feet toe-to-toe, but thinner top-to-bottom, and a narrower heel. Please follow this advice: these shoes run a FULL size short. I am always an 8, tried an 8.5 which was still too short, and a 9 fits perfectly. My favorite summer sandals.