I got these flip-flops for a vacation where I would be doing a lot of walking, but didn't want to wear shoes. Merrell never disappoints with the quality and comfort of their flip flops. I love this sandal. They are sturdy enough for many different terrains and the grips on the bottom even did ok when I was walking on ice. I really like the ribbon style thong as some of the more stringy thongs don't feel as sturdy when walking over more difficult terrains. When I first got the shoe, the straps were a little tight around my foot, but they quickly gave way and formed to my feet giving me a very comfortable fit. Merrell's quality, comfort and functionality cannot be topped. LOVE THIS SANDAL!