I am a fairly solid size 7, although I do occasionally have to get a 6.5 in some shoes. That was the case with the Merrell Veranda. I originally ordered the 7 and my feet were swimming - at least a half inch too long on each. The width was fine, however, so I was torn on whether to order down a size or get inserts. Because the back of the inside of the shoe has some nice padding on it, I didn't think inserts would work very well. I reasoned that since the shoes are leather, they would probably stretch out with wear so a 6.5 would be the better option. I exchanged them and overall I'd say I'm probably about 80% satisfied. The 6.5 is a little short, and I also notice that the toe bed is a little shallow, so my toes are somewhat squished from the front and the top. I haven't had them long enough to know whether they will stretch out, but I'm still hopeful. What I am surprised and a little sad about is that the angle of the heel is not very comfortable. Everyone's foot is different, so finding that sweet spot of the angle of elevation from the front of the shoe to the back is really a case by case assessment. I am a teacher and was looking for a low heel that would be a little dressier than flats (and to wear with those pants that are just too long when you wear flats). The heel height is great, the insole is amazing for a heel, very cushy and excellent arch support. But for me, with my weird feet, the angle is a little tiresome. Maybe it's because they're slightly too small still, but by the end of the day the balls of my feet and the biggest joint of my toes (where they connect to the rest of my foot) are killing me. I'd say it's well worth giving them a try, but consider wearing them around your house for a few hours when you'll be on your feet before pulling the trigger on them for good.
Felt a half size larger than marked
Felt true to width
Excellent arch support
This is a true 'walking' shoe, comfortable and stylish. I'd been looking for an 'easy' shoe that could go from walking/touring all day to a nice dinner. These are those kind of shoes. And my daughter liked them (which is unusual as she is very picky and likes the most modern trends). I am a true size 11, and these fit right out of the box.
Felt true to size
I am on my feet all day (teacher) and these shoes are PERFECT. They are comfortable, they have a soft, rubber sole, they are light and the small heel looks great. However, you will need to use your inserts if you have any as they don't have much arch support. I got a pair of black ones, too.
Moderate arch support
Complete comfort in dressy shoe. Looks like nice short heel, feels like walking on a small mattress. Sole feels like it is solid rubber and grips floors with nice treads. Go to shoe for comfort.
Very comfy shoes! A great shoe to wear if you need to wear something dressy for work, yet have to do a lot walking in not-so-great weather. The sturdy rubber soles will be appreciated during our icy, slippery Northeastern winter too! I have narrow heels so I did have to buy a pair of Dr Scholl's heel inserts.