This weekend I decided to try to start to work towards barefoot running. I've had extremely flat feet since I was in elementary school and always had problems with back/foot pain. I've used orthotics for that entire time and while I've managed to run a marathon and do a couple of triathlons they've always been followed by severe pain. Barefoot style running has become more mainstream in recent years with the popularity of Vibram's Fivefingers and after some research I found out that some people are finding positive results even with flat feet. I didn't think my body could take the shift from bulky orthotics to Fivefingers so I opted to get these Merrell Trail Gloves. They've been getting great reviews recently, both online and from friends. Even after only wearing them for an hour around the ravine last night I noticed less back pain but we'll see how that progresses. If I see enough success these will be my go-to shoes for my trip to Japan in August.