They provide hidden support and have flex construction which bends with the foot. It has a hidden heel of 1 1/4 inches. I ordered a size 39 which is an 8 1/2-9. I typically wear a size 9 and these fit well.
They are made of leather and are very soft. I can wear these to work with any of my dress pants. The stretch in the back is hidden by your pants but provides comfort.
I love these shoes so far and would definitely recommend Danskos to anyone who has to be on their feet for long periods of time.