I am a naturalist, I prefer to barefooted, whenever possible. When I must wear shoes I want the best. Too much support is no good for me. I need my feet to stay strong and flexible, but protected and warm. I love this shoe because it lets my feet move freely. I bought them for all of these reasons but did not expect I would get as many compliments as I've gotten. I'm not into fashion or trends, but I think I just started a new trend because everyone is asking me where I got them.