The closed toe necessitates that I keep my big toe nail clipped short but that has more to do with one foot being oh so slightly longer than the other. Also, the neoprene like fabric for the closed toe is very easy to stretch by hand. These bike sandals from Nashbar are so much more comfortable to walk around in and though I'm not one to harp about bike fashion I do appreciate the subtle quality of this footwear. While walking around in a coffee shop or grocery store I don't have non bike folks looking at my odd noisy footwear that had me considering busting out some tap dancing moves. I now leisurely stroll about walking comfortably and confidently though I wouldn't try playing soccer in them. A common complaint in other reviews is the "pebbled" foot bed as shown in the lower left photo. I haven't found it to be an issue of discomfort at all and in fact appreciate the grip provided as my feet don't slide around when riding bare foot. Also of note are velcro heel straps which can be adjusted a bit and helped my bigger foot from feeling too pinched with the closed toe design.
These sandals are not only comfortable and affordable but made to last. I feel confident I will get miles and miles of bike touring and commuting use from this footwear.