I'm a respiratory therapist that works in a busy ER and these shoes save my feet. The drop heel is wonderful and the wide toe box is great for my hallux rigidus. The plush cushion is an extra treat. The last Torins I had were the 3.0. I loved the 3.0 so I knew I would not be going wrong with the 4.5's. These shoes did not require a "break-in" time; the only thing I wasn't sure about was the tongue of the shoe which has an odd cut-out clip along the ridge. At first, it felt odd when the clipped edge rubbed my leg as I would bend my foot up, but now, it has adjusted to how I walk and is not noticeable. I would recommend this shoe to anyone who has to be on their feet all the time at work.