The XC4 line of dress oxfords is a fantastic concept in shoe design. The fact that you can remove the optional inner sole, and create more room in the shoe, allows a much more comfortable break in experience. I assume, as in all shoes, that as the shoe breaks in it will stretch to some degree. This makes the shoe comfortable while brand new, and also by re-inserting that optional inner soul, once broken in, one can get a perfect fit. The shoot is comfortable, stylish, and beautifully finished. I am very happy with this purchase.