I read all the reviews on the best walking shoes and finally, despite the warnings above, decided to get the Intercept. I am a size-9, hence based on the advice of other reviewers, went for a size 10.
I was quite impressed with my shoes when it finally arrived. The shoes looked quite solid and very well made. I immediately wore it for a long walk.
I must say that I was mildly irritated at how tightly the shoes fit, despite going for a size larger than my usual size. At the end of my walk, my right toes were quite sore and nearly blistering.
I am quite disappointed that this is happening, hence my scoring this product a 3*. There should be quality control that should standardize these Merrell products. I am now conflicted if I should have gotten a size 11; that is two sizes larger than my usual size! Very disappointing, I must say.
I returned the 'undersized shoe above and promptly obtained a refund for the shoe. I loved the design and build quality so much that decided to purchase a size 11. This is 2 sizes above my normal size 9!!
Guess what, I've been very happy with this shoe since. As I speak, I've done approximately 15 miles on it and I have to say it was worth every pound spent. I have a nagging suspicion that the American sizes may have inadvertently found their way into their UK stock and have been sold as UK size; if this is so, it's quite unfortunate, but we may never know. My advise is, buy 2 sizes larger than your normal size. A solid product, but shame about the quality (size) control.