So I have a pair of Speeds. I love them and wear them EVERYWHERE. They're great for agility and I enjoy them for hiking with the dogs and basically everything... except my walking/jogging my 5k. In fact, I've stopped doing the 5k because they're my only shoes that aren't boots or sandals, so yeah. Anyway. The area I walk/jog is chip seal. You know, this stuff: It's horrible and I hate it, but it's all the option I have, besides doing laps around our back pasture, which is boring. The run I do is all hills, really. There's one spot where it's KINDA flat, but it's basically all hill. I have to walk up a hill to get to the top of my drive way, down a huge hill into a small little short flat, then up a giant hill, then there's a "flat" but in reality, it's just a long hill, so it's not as bad as all the shorter, steeper ones. Then turn around and do it all again, but in reverse. You see what I mean? Anyway, I love my Speeds for the up hill. It feels good and I'm comfortable using them, but on the downhill by the end of it there's a lot of pain. Now, I don't know if this is because of my shoes or because of how I walk, but I generally don't feel that pain with other shoes. I've done a steeper run with rubber boots (don't ask. lol) and with sneakers on and it didn't hurt me like going down these hills do. So am *I* doing something wrong, or should I be looking for a different pair of VFFs? I don't want to get normal sneakers for this run, because I really like my VFFs and I feel clumsy in normal shoes, but never take a wrong step in my VFFs, and with my bad ankle, I really cherish that sure footedness I can get. Was hoping some of you VFF freaks, I mean... experts could help.