I once had a pair of Salomons that were the most comfortable pair of shoes I've ever worn. After that I ended up with Merrells for a number of years, but as my last pair are currently held together with ShoeGoo and have numerous gaping holes, I recently went shopping for replacements.
I came to the same conclusion about Merrells. Styling seems to have gone downhill as well as quality (subjective, but I don't like the new styles).
I ended up with some Keen somethingorothers, Targhee II's according to the website. They are without doubt the least grippy shoes I have ever worn, including flip flops on wet polished floors. The soles must be made of Teflon or something, it's truly staggering how they've managed to make a trail shoe with such little grip. I'm going to take them back as not fit for purpose. There's always the possibility that they're from a dodgy batch I guess.
Edit: On a positive note they are very light compared to my old Merrells, and also very comfortable. But I just remembered the left one has developed a loud squeak/creak on heel-strike, after about a month's use, so they're definitely going back.