I have purchased 2 pair of casual Merrell shoes in the past and still wearing my first pair even though the lining has worn thin and the padding is showing!I am sold with the brand! Anyway, now that I have retired and am able to enjoy outdoor trails more often I wanted a comfortable and sturdy hiking shoe/boot. The Phoenix fit my needs entirely. Light enough, solid platform, arch support, breathable, and the sole provided excellent grip and traction on steep inclines. I did have to purchase a half size up for a proper and most comfortable fit. Love this shoe!! But then again I love all my Merrells!!!