I say "surprisingly" because the shoulder straps, at max extension, are too short, meaning the strap padding ends up in the front, not on top of my shoulders, where it would do some good. However -- the fit of this bra (and I was lucky enough to guess the band size right... tight, but not too) "minimizes" the amount of weight hanging on the shoulder straps. So even WITH too-short straps, this is still the most comfortable bra I own now. It stays in place without riding up in back virtually all day. I'm coming back to buy a 2nd one. Nobody seems to understand that some of us bra wearers evidently have very long upper torsos. I'm 5'9" and long-waisted. A rough measurement from the tops of my shoulders, curving under my arms to avoid the breast, down to where the bottom of my band should fall, is 18-1/2". No bra I've ever found is capable of adjusting to that length; stretchy straps (these are NOT stretchy) help with the length, but aren't great support for the large-busted. Rant over.