Although I was extremely pleased with these shoes at first, they didn't hold the color very long. I know that sounds odd but I have had them about a month and a half and only wear them about once a week but the black has all faded to a weird grayish color. They are extremely comfortable and have mechanically held up well, aesthetically they look like I have had them for years. Although the flaw is superficial it is disappointing to get a pair of shoes that look worse than the pair of Chuck Taylors I have had for five years in the span of a few months. All in all well crafted like everything else I have purchased from Merrell, but I think I might stick to boots from now on.