I LOVE my Merrell / Vibram running shoes! They were designed specifically for those who want a 'barefoot' experience when training, but with protection from elements on the road. They delivered as promised, but there's something magical about this for me. These shoes enable me to feel a completely different way about how I run, responding to how it feels when my feet hit the ground and more actively participating in what I'm doing. When something can be designed that transforms how you think about something or how you are in the world, it really becomes magical. I love that about these shoes!