I bought these as a replacement pair for ones that I purchased two years ago. I had worn them so much, I literally wore through the soles in the heel and forefoot. They were so comfortable, light, and versatile. However, the recently purchased pair were very tight at the first band closest to the ankle. It actually prevents my toes from sliding forward, and causes my heel to hang over the back edge. I have been wearing them around the house with thick socks, attempting to stretch that area of the shoe. I have noticed some difference as they are worn, but it does take some "cramming" of my foot to get past that first band. They are the exact same size as the tie-dye version, but the tie-dyes fit perfectly from the first wear. I love these shoes, and I am so glad that you have brought them back. I know they will stretch and as the footbed forms to my foot that will provide additional relief. It will just take some more wearing with thicker socks to get to that point.
New York, NY