I got these on sale and I was surprised to find that I like them even more than my canvas ones. They're warmer, so better for the (mild-ish to chilly) winter weather where I live, easier to clean, and they feel sturdier. I will say they did need 1-3 wearings to break in, unlike the canvas ones, which are comfortable right away. I didn't experience any pain or blisters during the breaking in period--they were just kind of stiff at first. Highly recommend these shoes. I bought my regular size and they felt a touch roomier, but not enough to go down or up a size in my case.