Two years ago, I was training for a mini triathlon when I developed plants faciatis in both heels. It has taken me over a year to heal fully and even now am very careful as to the shoes I can and will wear. I wanted to get back to be able to walk briskly and hike some. I researched and came up with Merrell hikers. I bought these almost three weeks ago and am wearing them daily. I inserted an additional heel support which also provides more cushion which I need. I love see boots. I will never go back to tennis shoes again. I got the mid high style and want to get the shorter style also. I normally wear a 7 to 7 1/2 shoes and the 8 1/2's fit great. I wear a heavier sock as well. Thank you Merrell!!! I highly recommend these shoe/boots.