I, like Bryan C, bought this looking for a minimalist running
shoe - after reading Born to Run as well - and it has completely fit the bill so far. Like most cross country flats
, there is hardly any support whatsoever. The entire shoe is extremely light, and lets you run unhampered by all of the hi-tech junk that they are putting into shoes nowadays. The traction triangles aren't the greatest, but I've only had problems with them while playing racquetball, which requires some major traction, so that shouldn't be a big concern to most people. In fact I like the design but it's not perfect on every surface. The stitching has popped on the front of one of the shoes. This hasn't affected anything yet, and is holding pretty well without getting worse. Stitching could be slightly more durable, as could the traction on the sole; they feel quality made but due to the nature of the shoe (minimalist, very light) it seems susceptible to falling apart after heavy use I get a ton of compliments on these things. I'm in college and get compliments almost every time I wear them. They're flashy and stylish but keep a masculine feel. Pros: Light, minimalist, comfortable (soft, does a good job of simply wrapping around your foot without being a hassle to put on/take off/wear), look great, good ventilation. Cons: Stitching, long-term durability The bottom line: I am 100% satisfied with my purchase. I've owned these for almost 4 months now, and expect to get at least a year's use out of them. Once they fall apart, there is a very high chance that I'll purchase them again. I would recommend them to a friend in a heartbeat. For the price this is an excellent deal for anyone who needs a comfortable, quality, good looking athletic shoe
. In simpler terms: Get these!