- Good snug fit around the midfoot and heel, plenty of room in the toebox even for my fat feet. I know some people don’t like the way that the midfoot hugs the arch, but I found it to be very comfortable to start with.
- Lacing system lets you pull the upper in nice and close, but with even pressure across the foot, laces are a bit long though, so a double knot is the order of the day
- Great ventilation from that upper
- Like the rubber toe bumpers
- Love the colour scheme – I went with the black and red.
- Really loved the way they fitted the foot and how they felt very snug but unobtrusive. That close fit really gave a feeling of security and a feeling of connection between the foot and the ground
- Had some early blisters from some rogue material just under the arch where the sockless liner ends and the mesh upper begins. I know this was a common issue and easily sorted with a pair of beard scissors, but to be honest I was a bit disappointed with the lack of attention to detail in some areas where obvious time had gone into others.
- Loved the ventilation in the hot summer we had last year
- Rock plate – took the worst of the sharp impacts away, but kept a lot of the ground feel. Not as much as barefoot or in huaraches, but I don’t think it would be fair to expect that
- Really did get annoyed with the long laces and difficulty getting them on and off, so swapped early on to a pair of elastic Lock-Laces. Where have they been all my life! I can now manage to get out of bed, wake up, get my running gear on and out into an Aberdeen winter within 10 minutes at 5:30am
- Came in very handy on vacation when my Birkenstocks started hurting my feet. I did a lot of barefooting that week, but these were great to take into restaurants as they were comfy and unobtrusive
- The silver impregnated liner worked wonders. There’s a very small amount of odour, but by no means offensive after a year’s wear. This is a great feature and well worth it
- During the winter I spent a lot of time in Aberdeen which was generally cold and windy. I found that I could get a thin pair of silk socks in these which worked wonders with foot comfort. I suspect a thinner pair of the Injinjis would also work.
- They’ve worn very well in the upper and the interior with no obvious signs of distress. The picture from above shows a bit of distortion around the front of the foot hole, but the heel has kept its shape as has the mesh section.
- Those lock laces were the best buy ever and really add to the shoes. Why don’t they come with them?
It’s the wear. Now I’m nothing special as a runner, Mr Average really I think, and that comes down to my gait as well. I, like probably the vast majority of runner out there pronate to some extent i.e. I land first on the outside edge of my feet and roll flat. It’s pretty common, loads of folk do it, even when barefoot.
So why, oh why did Merrell put the least amount of rubber and thinnest tread pattern in this area?