I decided to try and spend a little less money on Rockport shoes, as I heard great things about them. However after 1 week of wearing them, I spent the money to get back into Merrells. They are just the most comfortable, durable shoes I have had. I am on my feet on hard concrete floors in factories all day. I have not found a shoe that is more comfortable or lasts longer than Merrells. I will not doubt any more.