Firstly, I don't expect a lot of arch support from a flat. In fact, the reason I like flats is because I'd really rather be walking barefoot but my workplace has no sense of humor about that. Secondly: I LOVE THESE! Right out of box you notice they are so light, flexible, bendable, twistable, and oh who doesn't love that new leather smell! I shop Zappos because I can try on different shoes that I can't find in stores, play around with sizes, send shoes back and forth, back and forth until I find the right one. As soon as I put one on I said out loud "I'm keeping these! Score on the first try!" One thing: I am a 9. Size 40 is an 8.5 - 9. The shoe fits, but my big toe seems to be a bit thick I guess you'd say for the toe box (not width-wise but more being pressed from the top wise). Not a problem! I have two ways can I solve problems like that: I can put it on the shoe stretcher with the knob attachment on the stretcher on the right place for the toe area; I can wear them around the house a while with thick socks on just over my toes. Lengthwise, great. If I went up a size I don't believe they would stay one. I got them yesterday and am wearing them today, right now. LOVE! Btw, it's my opinion that everyone should have a shoe stretcher! An investment you won't regret! I see so many reviews in which a person states they had to return shoes because they were just slightly too narrow, or they squeezed their bunion. Shoe stretcher! There are holes all over the thing so you can pop in a little knob that will target areas like bunions! Back to these shoes: Did I mention I am in LOVE! I came back to see what other color I am going to buy today. LOVE!
I'm really happy with these shoes. I have a narrow heel, which makes it hard to find flats that stay on, but these fit really well, without pinching in the footbed. And they are comfortable! The color is really attractive (peacock) and the styling has enough detail to make them a little but eye-catching. One note - the dye on the elastic at the front bleeds a little and I have blue spots on my feet when I take off the shoes. I should knock a rating star for this, but it wipes off easily, and I am so happy to find shoes I like and that fit that I will leave the 5-star rating intact.
I really love these shoes. They're comfortable and well made, and thanks to the elastic, they stay on well. They look much nicer on than the photo would indicate. As others have noted, the toe box is a bit shallow vertically, so you may want to try 1/2 size larger than usual, but it wasn't bad enough that I really noticed until I'd worn them a few times. My first pair of El Naturalistas, and I'll be buying more of that brand.
I really wanted to love these. They are really cute, well made, so cushy, and have an awesome sole. I wear a size 8.5, 38-39 Euro, and ordered a pain in 39. They fit in the length, but, alas, the toe box is somewhat narrow and my big toe rubs up against the shoe in a really uncomfortable way. I just don't have the patience to stretch them in that exact spot, so back they go. Sad!
Finally, a ballerina shoe that doesn't hurt my bunion (I ordered wide). Just feel rather hot for the summer. But should be great in cooler weather.