Merrell barefoot shoes are hands down the best shoes I’ve ever worn. They are durable, sticky bottom for traction, and allow my feet better contact with the ground due to the zero drop (no heal cushion), thin sole, and no extra padding. As a result, I’ve notice better posture, less lower back, hip, and knee pain when walking around for a long time, and also stronger ankle strength. For travel, ditch the traditional hiking boots for warm weather excursions, as these weigh next to nothing and take up little space. I much prefer to traditional hiking boots. Tip: It will take some time to get the bottoms of your feet calloused enough to be comfortable, took me about 3 months and now I won’t wear non-zero drop shoes anymore. DO NOT run long distances with these until your feet get adjusted and you change your running posture or you will likely injure yourself.