I bought a pair of the Topher model knowing it is a risk since returning the product would cost me more than the product itself. It did take 4 weeks to get from Poland to the US but it is to be expected with free shipping across the world. At first I was a little apprehensive because my little toe got very irritated. However, the more I wore them and as the leather slowly softened, the irritation slowly disappeared. Now, I feel very comfortable in them and I am considering trying other models. The bottom did get a little harder than I would have liked nd expected but definitely not enough to call it a problem. It has not bothered my feet at all, even with my heel bone spurs. I would have liked to give 4.5 stars not just 4. The half point deduction is for the lack of shipping speed options (even if not free), the pain of the break-in period, and the slightly too hard bottom.