Admittedly I've only worn these for a few weeks now, but from my experience with them so far, I have found them to be very comfortable (at least in an urban environment), convenient (I'm so happy not to have to worry about laces) and well fitting (my shoe size is 10.5 M, and these do a great job of conforming to my feet). They are also incredibly light, an experience I found a little odd upon wearing them outside for the first time, but that's not a complaint. As mentioned previously, I can't comment on their longevity. I imagine they took the photo of the Merrell stone pair under bright light; under everyday conditions, it is a slightly darker brown than that in the image. Overall, I am very pleased and would buy again.