These shoes were comfortable (very) right out of the box. Fantastic. They provided good lateral support. Did I say that they were comfortable? They are. Wore them for two rounds the first weekend I had them and rode once and walked the next day in very wet conditions. They performed admirably. I didn't want to take them off. I may never wear conventional spikes again. By the way... they're comfortable. The advice to order one size up was right on. I hope they last a long time.