These shoes are comfortable, really light, the mesh over the top is breathable, but like a light "synthetic" canvas which keeps out dust and dirt. Super grippy on bare rock, good on wet, (squeaky) on some surfaces, and awesome for light hiking. I walk in them and go shopping in them, even ride my bike with them and love how they feel. Like the description, the heel has a thicker cushion than shoes in the barefoot category. It's light like the bare access arc 3, but with more heel cushion. The colors are awesome too! Light as a slipper, but comfortable and supportive like a shoe. Love what you do with shoes Merrell!!!