My husband received a pair of this as a gift. He uses them as primarily a slipper. I ordered a pair and used them primarily as a shoe. Comfort level is very high. I have trouble with arthritis in my feet and need decent support as well. These were very comfortable when traveling/driving and running errands. They are about a year old. Yesterday when I went to clean them, I noticed that the leather at the toe end is separating from the sole. I'm not sure if I could have repeatedly brushed the ends against a particular surface, or if it is just from normal wear. I was quite disappointed. I'm not sure what a wear "life expectancy" should be?? They are comfortable and I do intend to order another pair in the brown swede. Hoping these will last a bit longer.