I got these a few weeks ago, looking for something to wear between big winter boots and sneakers. I've been a pretty loyal fan of Rocky boots over the years but after recently losing a bunch of weight and getting very active my feet changed a lot and it's been problematic to find boots I like. I tried every brand and nothing felt right...until I tried on Merrell. They were a perfect fit! I liked the Phoenix so much I wore them out of the store and returned the Rocky boots I was wearing to the store I got them from (sorry Rocky)... I've been wearing the Phoenix every day since and I cannot rave enough about these boots. They are light and quick like my sneakers but have the protection and waterproof I need for messy upstate NY winters. The traction is unreal, they handle snow/slush and ice incredibly well... Mud/dirt traction is great of course too. I loved them so much I bought a pair of Merrell Yokota Trail to go with them. I am now a loyal Merrell buyer...I can't wait for spring to get these babies onto the trails.