I normally can't stand ear buds because they make my ears ache. I was looking at these at a store, and the salesman talked me into them. I was skeptical, but wanted something for walking, so I decided to give them a try. I'm so glad I did, I love them! They don't hurt my ears at all, and they don't slip around or fall out. I like that I can still hear what's going on around me (since I walk outside, near traffic), but I can also still enjoy my music. These are fantastic, and I plan to get a second pair for work.