These shoes are comfortable from the moment you slip them on your feet. I was hesitant to buy them because I was unsure about having laces on cycling shoes. The fact is the laces and shoe material allow the shoe to wrap around your foot. The laces then tuck-in under a tab towards the front of the shoes. Having worn these shoes now for several thousand miles this year the laces have never come out from underneath the tab. The only negative about the shoes is that they scuff very easily. I found that out on the first ride and have been very careful since then with minimum issues.