I’m a huge fan of barefoot/minimalist shoes. I started with my first pair of barefoot Merrell’s year back and bought the same pair every year until this year. I’ve been trying out New Balance’s version and I have to say that I love them just as much, if not more than my Merrell’s. There’s more cushion so when you are trails you don’t feel every rock you’re stepping on. I love these shoes, and even though they aren’t the best looking shoe out there, they are worth the buy!