Merrell quality is slipping -- but good enough
Bought this in a 7.5 for my 13-year old daughter's school camping trip. Runs true to size. Daughter reported the shoe was comfortable from the start and felt supportive during her hiking excursions. Nothing to complain about, but upon closer examination it is not their best manufactured hiking boot (for the price). The materials feel a bit cheap and the insole is thin and flimsy. Compared to the Merrell's I bought my eldest daughter for the same camping trip years before (size 7, alas), the
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quality has definitely gone down.