I have been suffering from three bulging disks in my lumbar area. I started reading about how modern day shoes have hurt our lower backs, because of the heel lift on most shoes. Because of that, I started wearing some Vibram 5 fingers. The moment I took off my Nike Shox, at the local REI store, and tried on the 5 Fingers, my lower back soreness immediately went away. I was shocked! Of course, I had to put the Nikes back on to make my purchase and the pain comes back.... I put the Vibrams back on when I got to the car... Well, I work at a university, so my work attire was limited by the looks of the 5-Finger barefoot shoes, so I started looking for other barefoot shoes, those that would accomodate my work attire. At the time, I could only find New Balance Minimus running shoes...I kept looking and talking to some friends. One of them recommended the Merrell line-up. So I went back to REI, and found a pair of Merrell Barefoot Sonic Gloves. They were super comfortable and were normal looking running shoes, so they kind of fit my work attire. But, they were still running shoes... So, I noticed that Merrell now makes a casual barefoot shoe! The Life Reach Glove! So I made my purchase and these are GREAT! they completely accomodate my work attire and they feel just as good, if not better than my Sonic Gloves! CASUAL BAREFOOT SHOES! I am pretty sure that these shoes also have no heel lift at all, so my back feels great with them on.... I could wear them all day long. Thank you Merrell for making these shoes! I highly recommend these shoes.