Just had my first run in these shoes. It was a 7.5 mile single track trail run. I really like these shoes and their Skechers! :) Ground feel isn't quite as good as in the Merrell MixMaster 2 as I'm sure that's because the Skechers has a bit more cushion. They did really well in the mud and on wet roots and rocks. The toe box is nice and wide! My piggies felt as if they were being pastured raised, nice and roomy.