Never had sneakers with velcro but constantly putting on and taking off my shoes going out to walk my dogs, checking mailbox, etc. I thought I'd give it a try. I also like that they are wide width. They have been very comfortable and since I like to wear them a bit loose I can easily put them on and remove them without having to unstrap them. I love that I can make them tight or loose by the velcro and don't need to constantly have to deal with laces becoming untied. I also don't like the loud colors of many brands and these go well with my black or blue jeans. I got 2 pairs for $25 so even if one pair only lasts 6 months $25 for one year's worth of sneakers for as much as I walk, mow the lawn, etc. is a great bargain.