I bought these shoes to wear casually with jeans or khaki pants. They have a nice look and I liked the gray. I was a bit startled by the gray when I received the shoes. They seems darker to me than the picture indicated. I also worried I would have to return them because they were a little tight. I liked the look so much (I was excited by new shoes) that I wore them to work that first day. By the end of the day my feet did feel a little squished and my achille's tendon felt a little rubbed too. Happily, the next time I wore the shoes they felt looser. Each time they seem to get a little bit better too. I still felt a little ache on the back of my ankle where the upper lip must rub a little. (It hasn't caused a blister or anything close) I am happy I didn't return the shoes. Maybe I was just having a big foot week when they had arrived or they needed to be broken in a bit. Although the velcro closures seem to have no effect on the fit, I like the unique styling.