I purchased the first Barefoot Run Bare at REI in Stockton, CA. The shoes never left my feet after purchase. I have difficulty finding shoes that are comfortable due to arthritis and these were amazing. As REI only carried one color, I sought other colors here. I wear black pants most frequently and the black shoes were perfect. Size is perfect to my foot, 7.5, comfort level is a 10 out of 10. I like the feel of barefoot rather than the thick or heavy padding in the shoe base. Perhaps that is a carry over from my childhood going barefoot in Hawaii. Needless to say, for me, these shoes are the best.