Instantly the best running shoe ever to go on my feet. When I first put them on I felt that perfect contact of the upper design on the top of my foot. It felt like a secure breathable sock with padding in all the right places (I love the plush tongue). The sole is firm and responsive with amazingly accurate ground contact even for 9mm cushion. FYI this is not a squishy cushy cruising shoe but rather a fast fun shoe with enough protection for runners with good minimalist form. The 4mm drop is perfect for the minimalist midfoot/forefoot form with just enough buffer against rough asphalt and gnarly trails. One of the best qualities of the shoe is that while the tread can easily handle trail terrain, on pavement it doesn't feel mismatched like you are running on a mountain bike tire. I'm ordering a second pair soon. Now people at my work (retail running/sporting goods) are super jelly and my manager is going to buy a pair too. Keep it up Merrell these shoes are the jam!