I bought a pair of these in July of '18(6 months ago) and loved them! They were super soft and comfortable out of the box. I guess they've changed the material because the pair I just received are a more stiff rubber type feel. They just seem like a different shoe entirely. Maybe these will "break in" and get more comfortable over time, if not they'll go into the storage room for use when needed. I bought these to replace my worn out ones though because I wear them ALL THE TIME!! Around the house, taking trash out, getting mail, running to the store, EVERYWHERE!!