With a tough heel, the shoes are a top solution for my needs as a heel runner. They feel soft for most parts and they come with a dual layer mesh design which is great for breathability and for that extra thermal protection during wintertime. While the cushioning is not the thickest, it responds well on hard surfaces. The shoes perform the best on asphalt, gravel or cement and they can be an option if you like to run around the block. With a distinct look, they will also get you the attention of other runners as well.