I walk on the beach every day at the water's edge. Sometimes the terrain is stony, sometimes sandy, and other times I'm in the water. These shoes are perfect for all of these conditions. I loved mine last season and was thrilled to find them again for a new season. The other great thing is that you don't end up with weird strap tan lines since there are no straps! I should also mention the I have a badly arthritic big toe joint on my right foot which makes finding shoes that fit very difficult. These are so comfortable and there was no wear in period of time. They are like a smooth, soft glove on top, yet they have supportive soles. Hope this style stays around for many more years!