I own a shoe store, have for 43+ years. I carry all the "top shelf" items. This shoe doesn't look like it should be any better than hundreds of other items we carry, but it is !! From the moment you put them on you can really feel the comfort and support differences between these and the less expensive products. $250+ is a lot to pay, for that matter so is $150. My feet have quite a few miles on them, I started to think that I needed to realize after 60 years of walking etc. you WILL have some discomforts that no amount of money spent on footwear can relieve.......boy was I wrong. I can wear these all day (on thin-no padding carpet, and concrete) and if I need my most comfortable pair of shoes for afterwork activities, the M2040 can handle that too. I am ordering a pair in the "new" black color (due in 5/1) this is my new "go to" shoe that I will want on all trips too. It's a lot of money, but don't skimp when it comes to your feet.