I use Riplaces to train for trail ultra-marathons. I have a lot of shoes I swap between, many quasi barefooters. When deciding what shoe, I mostly end up grabbing my merrell ascend gloves because they have the Riplaces, they're so easy, quick, and comfortable. I've been using them about 6 months and put around 350 miles on them in various conditions from rugged mountains abroad to my texas clay-mud trails. I wasn't sure if they would, but they have outlasted my shoes very nicely. I highly recommend them.