I have worn Merrell shoes for years. I was so excited when I saw these boots in a store. They were just what I had been searching for-for years. They are stylish enough I will be able to wear them to church, yet practical. I have some foot problems and my foot Doc had finally recommended I wear hiking books to get support and traction in snow. (Practical but NOT stylish.) These boots are so much better. They are lightweight, waterproof, breathable,and best of all...FEEL LIKE SHOES INSTEAD OF BOOTS.The arch support is wonderful and traction on the bottom will help me with snow and ice. They aren't insulated, so I got them big enough to wear heavy socks for cold weather. I'm almost looking forward to winter.