I've had three pairs of Merrell sneakers so far and they are very comfortable. I have a history of stiffness in my feet and numbness in a few toes. Therefore, most sneakers are too stiff and confining. Merrell's are flexible, yet they offer great support and stability, better than any I've tried before. Instead of teetering on rocks and gravy when I walk in the woods I can feel the contour of the terrane and have better balance. My feet don't get tired even on long walks. Also, the style and colors are eye catching with a hint of femininity but w/o being pretentious or too bright. They blend with your clothing without overwhelming.