These are a 4 inch shoe on a 2 inch platform , therefore the arch is not steep but the shoe is 4 inches off the ground. If you have had knee, foot or hip surgery THESE SHOES ARE NOT FOR YOU !!!!!! These are made from real wood with real leather upper. Hand made in Mexico. These have NO back strap and weigh aprox 2lbs each. Available in 3 colors. AS leather naturally stretches you would want these to be snug when trying them on . Half sizes tend to round down in Corkys. they come in whole sizes only. TTS otherwise.