My wife bought these shoes trying to make her job a little more comfortable, she stands for as much as ten hours at a time without a break so foot pain and foot comfort are two of her very real concerns. Since she has got the Easy Spirit FreeKicks Ladies Sneakers she not only has told me her feet feel a lot better but, also that her lower back and legs do not give her nearly the discomfort she normally had until purchasing these shoes. The shoes have a really definite arch that doesn't appear to collapse like most sneakers. My wife also says that the shoes have a very light feel on her feet almost like her house shoes, I agree too they are indeed very light. I thought the fact that the were so light could possibly be a sign of poor quality but, I have yet to see any failures in materials or construction. I would recommend these Easy Spirit FreeKicks Ladies Sneakers to any lady that needed to be on their feet a lot nurses and waitresses could get a really nice surprise if they were to try these shoes. The only thing I could suggest as far as improvement is my wife says the "ankle support could be a little higher, but it isn't really bad".