I have had several Merrell shoes over the last 5 years and so i recommennded tehm to my wife who was training for a 20 mile sponsered walk in May. From the moment she put them on she thought they were great. and says it is like walking on air. after about 100 miles walk since never a sore foot or redening. the only down side is the bulid in that they have started to come apart on one of the seams (see picture). This is a shame as tehy are only 4 months old. Wife still rates them as 5 star as the best shoe she has ever worn.