I have wide feel , hammer toes, and high instep. I used to wear Mary Janes, but with feet swelling my doctor recommends a closed shoe. Most closed shoes are too tight, but Sarasota opens up to a wide access. I can wear these all day and remain comfy. If necessary, I can loosen the velcro or remove one or both inserts. My regret is the mfr has discontinued this wonderful shoe. I hope they'll bring it back with one improvement: to make the velcro adjustable from the inside as well as the outside, similar to Chatanooga. Because my arms are short it's hard for me to reach to undo or do the velcro on the out-side of the shoe, so my shoe repairman reversed the strap to make it accessible from the inside (between the legs). I wear these Sarasotas daily and absolutely love them!