At first I thought I was making a mistake by ordering thong shoes bc others I've tried to wear were irritating between my toes and I ended up giving them away, returning them, or just not wearing them. The Gaya Pewter sandals are very wearable and the thong is soft and does not bother me whatsoever. It is barely noticeable.
I have issues with bunions, flat arches, and calluses under the balls of my feet most likely due to wearing the wrong shoes all my life, i.e., sneakers that had no arch support, high heels, and shoes that needed to be "broken in" and weren't comfy the first time I put them on. Orthofeet shoes make me forget I have these issues.
I love both pairs of the Orthofeet sandals I've purchased, the Calypso gray sandals being the other pair. I tried on my sister's Orthofeet criss-cross strap sandals which she purchased in two colors, black and brown, and I don't remember the name of them but when I searched the Orthofeet site I could not find them. They are stylish and also very comfy. Please do not hesitate to purchase sandals from Orthofeet. They are the most comfortable sandals I have ever worn and there is no 'break in' time needed.
One problem which doesn't bother us all that much is that the foot bed on our sandals appears to be too long beyond the toe area, making it look like the shoes are too big or our feet are too short, but the arch is in the right place and the rest of the sandal fits perfectly well.. and yes, we do have normal toes and feet. My only other issue with Orthofeet shoes is that we need more colors and up-to-date styles. I returned a pair of sneakers which were a bit snug and the material was stiff even though they were 'stretch' material and I was going to order the next size until my daughter saw them and said they were not good looking at all. So now I'm waiting for a more modern-looking, lighter material, stretchy sneaker if Orthofeet decides to produce them since these shoes appear to be the only ones made for my foot issues. Thank you.