Before I start let me just say I love my Merrell. I agree with users of Marrell out there. They are definitely not a running shoe but great for general walking, aseptically pleasing looks great with a lot of simple, quality outfits when running errands around town. They are design to be worn with and without socks. If you insist on running in them, your quick getaway will be naturally with the Merrell Dash Glove barefoot. I earth and your unique natural stride. Its washable upper’s reflectivity keeps you visible. Zero drop cushioning lets your feet land pancakes flat, aligning your body and strengthening muscles. A specialized forefoot plate and a Vibram Barefoot sole add bruise protection and traction to the Merrell Dash Glove.