I've never had a pair of Merrell before, but one of my managers told me how comfortable and durable they are so I thought I'd give them a try. They are very lightweight and super comfortable. The arch support is great and something I've never had in other brands I have worn. From having to be on my feet most of the time at work, you quickly notice and learn what shoes work and what shoes don't. These are the best shoes I've bought before and being waterproof but not making your foot sweaty at all is a great plus! Try them out!