I am very picky about shoes because as a teacher I stand and walk around. All. Day. Long. Ecco and Sofft have been amongst my favorite shoes for style and comfort. I was looking for something a little different and was skeptical about these at first. I usually wear a 9 and when they arrived, they were definitely snug. I could only imagine my crawling to the car at the end of the day, so, I ended up sending them back for a 9 1/2. I was so glad I did! I wore them for the first time today. They were comfortable, the Mary Jane strap kept it in place, my female students raved about them, and I could actually walk in the high heel without pain at the end of the day. Please, please make a black patent. All of these are gorgeous and very affordable! I hope they hold up as I expect to wear them often.