I've owned my pair for about 3 years and they've been the best casual shoes ever. The traction is excellent. Wear them to work and leave them on for afterwards. I've been places where they look out of place because they look too dressy, but people don't realize they're Merrells and I end up clamboring over wet rocks with greater ease than everyone else (as a kayaker sometimes you're scouting the river before suiting up and getting ready). Since my first pair of Merrell shoes I've upgraded all but dress shoes to Merrells- winter boots, hiking boots, and casual. Prior to Merrell I used to go barefoot quite a bit, but they're so comfortable that I'd prefer to be in shoes now.