These shoes are very comfortable! I have been wearing orthotics for several years but my new insurance will not cover them. So, I thought I'd invest in some really good shoes to see if I could get by without them. The Merrells with Q-Form are great and I could tell a big difference between them and some other shoes I tried. There's good padding in the fore foot where I need it most and lots of support. I have already purchased a pair of Moab Mid Ventilator and I'm getting ready to order 2 pair more in the Encore line. The Encore do run somewhat larger than expected so I had to do an exchange - which seemed to take forever but worth the wait!