My latest shoe purchase was for my mom. Her birthday is next week and she picked out the Ecco Shade 3 to wear for the fall/winter.
She's in love with the Ecco and SAS brands, primarily for their comfort, durability, and the small shoe sizes they offer (some brands just don't make styles that fit her petite frame). These shoes aren't a pretty sight but she values comfort over style.
Although the velcro straps seem childish to me, she likes the flexibility the straps offer her. Depending on how cold it is, she likes to wear thicker socks and finds a lot of her shoes don't have enough give for them.