I have had a history of shin splints specially whenever I bumped up my running mileage. Saw Merrells at a shop here (India) and went for these after a bit of research. I first tried the Trail Glove which had a leaner toe box. Road Glove 2 fitted pretty well. Have been running in these since then, working pretty well. Shin is good. You can feel a bit of lump on the arch area due to the arch support. But you don't feel anything at all while running. I run barefoot too sometimes and Road Glove2 gives a good simulation of running full barefoot. They make you eager to run actually. If you put them on, you will just feel like going out there to run.