I love these shoes. I live in the Desert and hike at least two times a week on mountain trails with a lot of rocks and cactus. These shoes have great grip on rocky surfaces and good support in the ankle. They are lightweight and I have never had a problem with them. I even put on a brand new pair when I did a day hike with friends in the Superstition Mountains (about a 9 hour hike) and I did not need to break them in. My husband buys me a new pair every year around the time of my birthday. Same style because I know they fit perfectly. I must say I have owned 5 pairs of this boot now and get my money's worth each year. I am looking forward to trying out some of your barefoot shoes now for everyday walks where I don't need the ankle support. I have problems with most shoes fitting my feet so I will not change to another brand since these fit so well.