I think this is a great casual shoe that is a bit more original than a pair of Chucks. I think you can definitely wear them with jeans or khaki shorts for summer. Merrell is a quality brand, so I'm sure you won't be disappointed--I would bet they are way more comfortable than Chucks as well.
@OliverGauffe - Thank you for the answer. As for the comfort of merrell rants - it is not there (yet) - they are a bit hard and not shaped "just for me feet" like nike capri premiums were but I guess they will soften up. And the white rubber in front somehow attracts dirt (and I am used to wearing white shoes). The material breathes and does feel good. In other news, I noticed some leather chucks but only in black... so i didn't buy those but i guess the white version would be nice.