I originally purchased these shoes for trail running but now I wear them for everything. They are the best, most comfortable shoes ever! They're great for daily activities, day hiking, going to the gym, and for running on trails (can't say anything about running on pavement because I haven't tried it). There is plenty of room in the toe box for toe splay and the heel design is perfect - these are the first shoes I've ever worn without getting a blister (my feet blister if you look at them wrong). The soles are super grippy too - when hiking at Carlsbad Caverns my friends were sliding on the slick, downward sloping pavement but I had traction the whole time (and the grip is great on rocks/boulders as well). Please Merrell, never discontinue this design.