These shoes are very comfortable for heels this high -- the platform helps a lot! They fit like my other Sofft shoes so if you've worn Sofft before, order your usual size. They are a little loose around the ankle but the other straps hold them in place and it's not enough that I would return them. The leather straps are thicker than they look in the photo. It's OK for me since I wanted a more casual look but they are definitely NOT a thin "strappy" sandal.