Previous experience of Merrells made me purchase these as I haven't been let down. I opted for the extra hall size to accommodate walking socks, and the fit is very good. No aches or blisters and the best of all is the Gore Tex. it's good to know when the weather is against you your feet will remain dry and warm. The boots flex with your foot movement but still offer sufficient support for walking. Perfect pair of boots for walking the dog in the New Forest.