I've been out twice now in my new minimalistic toe shoes and I do like them. Once you've mastered the technique they are easy to get on. The first time I tried though I ended up with 2 toes squashed into one pouch and all sorts of odd things. They are light which makes you feel a bit gazelle-like and they helped take 22 seconds off my PB over 5k yesterday (but I was going for it deliberately for the first time in ages, so shoes may have been irrelevant!). On the bad side I have bruised the bottom of my left heel, thereby proving I am not a gazelle but a pounding, clod-hopping heel striker who must have pounded her left heel into a hard stone at one point. It hasn't put me off though, I will stick with them and try and harden my feet up. I think it will do my toes good to be able to spread out and grip, instead of being squashed into shoes. I hope to be able to pick up pencils and things with my toes again soon! But it will take a while to adapt properly!