I am an avid walker, and I am always on the lookout for shoes that offer enough support, but don't feel heavy or cumbersome, that don't end up hurting or rubbing or feeling just plain uncomfortable. Well, I think I've found my shoes! So far, the Scarpa Spark is light-weight (feels like minimalist shoes), soft and comfy on my feet, but provide enough support that I don't worry about turning my ankle when I step off a curb. I think these are the answer I've been looking for, but with a little less than 100 miles on them, I guess time will tell. I tried minimalist shoes in the past, loved them, forgot I had them on, but ended up with a stress fracture in my foot. Orthopedist said I should never wear anything but a very supportive shoe (I was born with mild club feet), but I really have a hard time with anything that feels that supportive...if you know what I mean. The true test for me is if, after wearing them for a brisk walk or a trip to the grocery store,I don't take them off the minute I come in the door, well then, they're usually keepers!
If you are lucky enough to have "normal" feet, you will enjoy wearing these shoes...and if you are like me and have "problem" feet, you will be glad you tried them!