For the most part, these shoes exceeded my expectations. For about half the price of most shoes, you get a versatile, durable shoe that breathes well and is not heavy on the feet. The style is right too--not too dressy, not too casual. The footbeds, however, are completely flat, so you might want to buy inserts in addition to the shoes. While I'm pleased with the idea of buying shoes that are ultimately biodegradable, shipping the shoes from halfway around the world probably negates much of the environmental benefit. I don't know if Simple manufactures any of their other models in the US, but many eco-conscious consumers would be willing to pay a little extra for something produced closer to home.