I read several online reviews and decided this might be a shoe for me. My husband and I do a lot of hiking year round (10+km at a time), and I needed an all-year shoe. He bought these for my last birthday and I absolutely LOVE them! What a value purchase. We just did a 14km hike two days ago and those shoes felt incredibly comfortable. Sole is well cushioned, material soft on your foot, and very stable. They are waterproof but breathable. I wear a 8 but got a size 9 in these and they just give me enough room to wear a thicker pair of socks, so this was a good decision. If you are in between sizes, you might want to go to the next size up. I am so amazed and always excited about the next adventure when I put them on. Thanks, Merrell! Keep up the good work!