I bought a blue suede version of Francis some 3, nearly 4 years ago. They are so comfortable and practical that I have worn them non-stop all that time. I wear jeans daily and they suit so well, obviously not so elegant with skirts. I have gone walking, shopping, travelling and really felt well-supported and comfortable. Sadly I've had to throw them out today, having completely worn them out. But 31/2 years wear is very good value. Now I'm looking for a replacement pair, but oh dear! They are only available in black. How boring!