I bought this shoe because I liked the look/style when I saw it. I also liked that it was waterproof. I suffer from a thing called neuropathy (nerve pain). This means that I can't just buy "any" shoe. Over the years, I have always had good luck with Merrell brand shoes of all types. I have 5 pair of Merrell shoes in my closet. This shoe is, by far, THE most comfortable shoe that I have had on my feet in a very long time. I don't hike or run the trails. I am a teacher, and I'm on my feet a lot. This shoe is very comfortable on the foot, while also providing tons of support where I need it. I don't usually write reviews, but, I am very impressed with this shoe. It's the best money I have spent in a long time. 5 stars without question.