Dunno, about those particular shoes but SWMBO insists on Merrell. Still on the 3rd pair, others lasted well. 2 trains of thought for footwear: 1. Shoes are lightweight and allow the ankle to flex reducing injuries whilst increasing ankle strength and allowing the feet to dry quicker whilst allowing you to "feel" the terrain. 2. Boots offer more protection from injury, protection from getting wet and overall robustness.
I'm not convinced 100% in either direction, but generally use existing boots that I own.
Statistically, 6 out of 7 dwarves are not Happy.