I have always had difficulty finding shoes to fit my wide feet. I bought these sandles in the first week of September 2004 at Chick Wide Shoes in Cypress, CA. I was so pleased with the fit, comfort of the extra thick sole, and the attractive appearance, I bought 2 pairs in white, one pair in buff, and one pair in black. I have worne them on all weekdays since then, except when the weather was too cold or rainy and wore closed shoes. I alternated the white ones all summer and added in the buff ones when needed to go with dress. They rarely need polishing. Each autumn, I take the white sandals to the shoe repair to be redyed white before putting them away for the winter. Then I mainly wear the black ones till late spring. Now I seek to replace them because the heals are so very worn down. The tops are still fine.