Birkenstocks are the MOST comfortable shoes ever. I can promise you that when walking around in these, you'll never experience any type of pain or aching. While they are expensive, taking care of your feet is so important, since you're going to be walking around on them every day of your life. The investment is so justified by the high quality. They take years of constant wear to fall apart, and even then, Birkenstock's great customer service will help you to get them repaired for a lower price than just buying a whole new pair. Birkenstocks are great for all people at every age, and I highly recommend them.