I got these for may husband because (well, because I wanted a pair too and I was trying to be nice, but also) he wears rainbow sandals or vans sneakers whenever he is not barefoot and then wears dress shoes to Mass on Sundays and his feet kill after that. I wanted him to have an alternative - something between dress shoes and flip flops. I originally ordered a 12 for him which turned out a little big. The 11.5 fits perfectly but the back digs into his ankle a little. Since its leather I am just planning on slapping some mole skin on there the first few wears and trusting it will soften up. I also originally ordered a darker color, but they looked too much like loafers. Which is sweet, but I wanted something a little more fresh. This color still is dark than I anticipated but it works for my fair Irish laddie.