The first thing I noticed when I slipped my foot into the Marana Vulc is the fact that they run a little big. I wear a size 9 (US) in most shoes, and this 9 is a tad bit big. I’d probably be better off with an 8.5. The heel hold is snug and there is a very prominent arch support. From the heel heading towards the toe, the shoe opens up to be pretty wide leaving plenty of space for your toes to stretch out. The collar and tongue are made of a breathable mesh providing some much needed airflow. All in all, it is a pretty comfortable shoe. This shoe is built to endure the harshest abuse you can give it. Due to their tank like construction, the break-in process may take a bit longer than expected. The STI Evolution foam footbed provides good support for impact and everyday wear. The vulcanized version of this shoe is definitely more appealing aesthetically than its cupsole counterpart. The cupsole interpretation has a bigger logo on the side and kind of reminds me of some crappy Etnies mall shoe, but it’s vulcanized brother has a more subtle skateboarder-friendly vibe.