I like these shoes for trail running, they are not really a barefoot shoe as the sole is quite thick, but they allow me to run with a more natural form. They keep my feet nice and dry in the wet. I wouldn't recommend them for urban running in the wet as they are slippy on concrete, stone and marble (though fine when dry). Asphalt is not a problem in the wet or when dry. Would like Merrell to develop a barefoot shoe for urban running, Parkour and something with more feel through the sole.