"I bought these shoes because I had started walking every day for excercise and the walking shoes I had were killing my feet. After doing some online research, I realized I needed running shoes with better cushioning and stablilization. Found these and took a chance on them and I am so glad I did!1 week after I received these, my son and I went to Washington DC for a vacay. There is tons and tons of walking, up and down hills, up and down stairs, everywhere. The ONE thing that didn't hurt by the end of the day was my feet! They even helped with my knees Iwhich are creaky and old).Now, I am gonna admit that I am overweight (hence the walking exercise), but these shoes offer cushioning like you wouldn't believe. They seem sto run a bit wider than most Nike's do (IMHO) and didn't squeeze my feet as much as my last pair of Nike's did. I did order a 9 though, and I usually wear 8 1/2. I would recommend ordering a half size up. It gives your foot room to breath without feeling like it has a corset on! Plus, my toes never felt cramped or painful from bumping up against the end of the shoe.I have professionally made inserts that I took with me, but I never needed to use them AT ALL. In fact, one day I started out wearing some hiking boots with the inserts and quickly switched to the Nike's because they were so much more comfy on my feet!"