I have a real 'thing' for chunky shoes; the chunkier, the better! I also have several pairs of Merrell approach shoes and this time I was looking for something more like a general shoe - chunky, of course - and these are perfect. They are fantastically comfortable and were from the moment I put them on; in fact the first walk in them was over five miles and they were perfect. The colour is great and I love the pinky laces and the sole is, yes, you guessed, lovely and chunky! A really good buy and well worth the money. The size is as expected but is roomy - so not a really snug fit or too loose. I wish they came in another colour!