Who's read Animal Farm?
I think it's safe to say that I own more hiking boots and running shoes than a very high percentage of people reading this. In fact, I'd be surprised if anyone reading this has more than me. My most recent purchase was a pair of Merrell Terramorph mids. That makes three pairs of Merrells I own, not counting any old ones in the back of a closest somewhere. The other two pair I own are the Capra Rise mid and the Moab FST mid. I think I might like the Capra Rise, if it weren't at least a half size two small. The other two pair are a bit two wide. That isn't a criticism, my feet are narrow. This wouldn't be such a problem for me except that it's difficult to get them laced tightly, when I put them on, then they won't stay tight. I've never experienced this to such an extent on any other shoe or boot. I always stop and retighten my boots after walking for a while, but this is different.
I think a large part of the problem is that both boots only have one pair of hooks. I've never had this problem with boots that have two pairs of hooks. Yes, running shoes don't have any hooks, but the lacing systems are different. Running shoes, generally, use eyelets. Hiking boots don't use eyelets.
I know Merrells are very popular boots, partly because they are value priced, and I know various models have gotten good reviews in boot tests, but right now, I don't have a very high opinion of Merrells. I've tried three. I don't think I'll try anymore. Someone with a wider foot would probably be just fine with Merrell, but if you have a narrow foot, I'd avoid them.