The Trek Ascent is weird. The red thing on the bottom says "Soft" and they aren't kidding. 7th pair of VFF. Least favorite. They feel squishy. Previous models were very durable rubber soles that were remarkably flexible but didn't compress when when stepped on. These feel like marshmallows by comparison. If you're a barefoot/minimalist enthusiast like me, you'll feel it too. They aren't "bad" shoes, but way more cushion if you're used to other FF shoes. For wide-foot people: these are really tight. Across the big toe joint to outside of the foot is uncomfortable. I really hope they stretch a bit. On my both my old Spyridon models, I cut off the decorative strap by the toe joint and was able to loosen the fabric to fit without destroying the shoe. Can't do that with these. If you've got a wide foot, stick to models that have a stretch fabric.