I am pleased with my Merrell Annex kicks. The style is classy and the shoe is ubiquitous in its style and performance. I bought the shoe hoping for a good everyday shoe and it has done the job well. Tramping up and down the steep hills at my university campus have proven that this is a well supporting shoe. I was a bit apprehensive about rolling my ankles at school but the stability of these shoes is solid. The sole provides a good cushioning to heavy use and the traction although a bit over the top for an urban environment is ideal for the trails. The only reason I dont rate this a 5 is the fact I have only had them a few weeks and need to test them out more.