The Great Spirit gave me...totally flat feet. I've been wearing sand-cast orthotics for many years, but these shoes happen to be the only ones I've found I can wear out-of-the-box that support my non-arch existence. Not only that, but the Encore Bypass are reasonably priced, are great shoes for hot & humid settings, and to my eyes, they look stylish and casual with either shorts or a two piece suit. I give 'em 5 stars, and have been a fan for a number of years. That's me, wearing them in the mountains of Jamaica at a sound system dance, where the roads are unpaved and steep & a good shoe is a must: love my Merrells!