These shoes are designed the way "Neutral" running shoes should be, and that's highly unusual. Virtually all other neutral shoes are not truly neural, in that they are manufactured with features such as a stiff heal tab and/or a stiff sole and/or a stiff heal counter and/or have the heels sit low in the shoes, which are designed to do things such as "lock down the heel." Those kinds of things can place tremendous stress on the tendons and restrict the natural movement of the feet. So the shoes then become the direct antithesis of "neutral" shoes. These Thrills are exceptional in that they are just good, basic neutral running shoes without all the fancy stuff that, for me, just backfires. That fancy stuff perhaps is added to drive up the price.