I am always a bit worried when I order a pair of working shoes in case they turn out to be on the hard side and require a lot of breaking in, with the discomfort that this can entail. I needn't have worried in this case. Although they feel very solid and on the heavy side these shoes turned out to be comfortable from the word go. The only thing that concerned me was the heels but after softening them up with a rubber mallet (something that I would do in any case with working shoes) there was no problem. Of course, only time will tell but I get the feeling that these shoes are going to be money (and not very much of it) well spent and I am already considering buying a second pair for future use.