After receiving these Oboz from onlineshoes.com and trying them on, I was not convinced the size was right or that they were going to be comfortable, as the sole is rather solid and hard. Plus, I'm a comparison shopper, so online purchases make me uneasy as sizing/fit can be an issue. So I decided to shop some local outerwear stores and compare. I tried a number of different styles of Merrell, other Oboz, Vasque, Keen, as well as different sizes - pricing was not a limiter. I even ended up purchasing a great pair of Merrell and took home to compare style, look, fit, comfort, and sizing side-to-side against this Oboz. Ultimately, it became clear to me that out of probably 20 different models of mid-high boots (my favorite type for the added ankle support w/o being too high for day/trail hiking), the Oboz were the best-built, most comfortable, sturdy, best-engineered, best-looking and best-fitting of all the models I had tried on.
I am completely satisfied and more than happy with my purchase and these Oboz.