These shoes are like wearing socks with soles. They have held up to a lot of hiking and running on rocky and rugged trails. Love the way they fit snug with no excess support - these truly are barefoot shoes. If you want a comfy shoe that lasts and protects your feet, these are it. Every once in a great while I'll get a rock catch me just right on the bottom, but they are still better than the Merrell trail gloves they replaced.