When these shoes arrived they came in a plastic bag. When I removed them , there was a horrible plastic smell. I am not sure if it was the bag or the plastic from the shoes. After they aired for about a day the smell was much better.
These shoes are a bit narrower then the typical garden shoes. They are not for people with wide feet. I love the look and design but the small holes do not provide enough air to your feet so they do sweat. They do have a bit of a arch and are very comfortable to wear all day long. In the winter they would be better then the summer.
They come in several colors which is also a huge plus as you can pick the color to match your personality. . They are for men or women , you just need to choose the appropriate size.