I've had these sandals for approx. 6 months, bought following 2+ years wear from a previous style of Merrells. Like a previous reviewer, I too have found the buckle strip has badly worn and is merely holding by a couple of threads. Over the 6 months I've had them, the buckle has also been troublesome to open. Shame as I love the brand but I won't be buying another pair of Merrells.