I normally prefer Bloch European Balance, but my feet are very strong and the European Balances break down fairly quickly. I tried these because of their cheaper price, and they were a pleasent surprise! The shanks are quite strong, so they supported me very well, and the wide box looked good on my narrow feet (without making me appear to be "sickled"). They do run a little large, I am normally a 6-6.5 sized street shoe, and the recommended size 8 was a little loose on me. Everyone's feet are different, but I might suggest a size smaller then recommended in the future.