Needed a shoe for rockhopping along boulders while fishing. It needed to be comfortable, grippy and able to drain water quickly. The Maipo fits all three of these criteria, while looking good to boot. On my feet they were comfy and very cool due to the mesh used. Fresh out of the box they lacked grip on the smooth rocks but after some roughing up and wearing in they performed fine. But... My only concern before buying them was reviews I consistenly read about the material loops holding the laces breaking. I was willing to look past this and give them a shot. They survived the four day fishing trip but the loops showed signs of wear - within a month they had snapped. This is a huge issue as you cant properly tie the laces up - even though the rest of the shoe is in excellent condition. If this method of securing the laces was fixed I would permanently have a pair of Maipos on my feet. As they are though I just cant justify buying them again - the reviews across the net show its a consistent design issue, not a bad batch or bad pair of shoes which is a real shame. Please Merrell - fix the design of the laces as the rest of the shoe is an absolute winner.