I apologize, I can't remember who was looking for cute waterproof practical comfortable boots/booties that were stylish. This is a review of the Merrell Chateau Mid lace Waterproof bootie. First, disclaimer, I love black hiking boots. Because my wardrobe is formal and uber ladylike, I like to balance it with tough footwear. Also I have a neuroma so I require comfortable, supportive shoes/boots that can accommodate a 3/4 orthotic. I have been on the hunt for a practical, waterproof bootie that was a little dressier and flattering than my beloved keen glarus boots. Enter the Merrell Chateau (which comes in multiple styles which I have attached but have not tried). My first impression when opening the box was wow, these are way too small and delicate. They look tiny, with a nice heel but tough tread. But onward, I placed my orthotic and my foot slipped right in and wow, so flattering. Perfect size. I am usually a 7, sometimes a 7.5 and a size 7 fits perfectly with plenty of room for my orthotic and plenty of wiggle room in the toes. Because of the slight hiking platform the functional heel is just over an 1" platform is listed as 0.5" and heel 1.9" I can't usually wear heels and they are totally comfortable. Back of boot is notched to accommodate Achilles tendon. Makes your feet look tiny and elegant, nice heel, light, comfortable out of the box. I would wear these all year long with no problem. In case anyone still needs a practical but slightly more stylish hiking type boot. Highly recommended.