Why They're CoolI accidentally wore them mountain-bikingthe lightly lugged soles grabbed my pedals, and the stiff fiber insole let me stand up and honk on hills. » I accidentally wore them to townan EVA midsole cushioned my stride on sidewalks, and the stylish mesh-and-nubuck uppers fit right in at Barnes & Noble. » I inadvertently wore them hikingno, wait, I meant to do that. They proved super on trails, with good loose-dirt traction uphill or down, and a flexible forefoot spurred impulsive jogging. » There's just enough mesh in the uppers for ventilation, with plenty of leather for durability. » Swatches of protective rubber above the arch and on the outside of the shoe are placed right where I often scrape rocks.Hmmm . . .There's too much lace friction.