It doesn't matter what skates I buy, I will always have foot problems because of how my feet are. In my previous pair of skates, I had a TON of problems at the ball of my foot. With these, I do not and have ample room in them. I bought some thin inserts for a high arch and that has helped a little as well. Of all the skates I have bought/worn over the years, I have the least problems with these. I got the baked, but might redo them one more time. When I bought these, I was looking for Bang for the Buck skates. Got them on sale for well under $200. At that price point, they destroy other skates in the same range. The removable blade is a nice feature if needed. They are nice and firm as well. Would recommend if looking for an intermediate skate that outperforms others in the price range.