Merrell Barefoot Run Vapor Glove

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Extremely comfortable, great fit, great price, and…

Rating: rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: 79,00 Euro


Extremely comfortable, great fit, great price, and durable. You can run in downpours and they perform well and dry quickly. You don't need to wear socks with them.


  • The Vibram soles are durable and have great traction.
  • They don't draw a lot of looks like Vibram Five Fingers do.
  • Zero drop, and the thinnist soles Merrell offers
  • You feel every rock and root when you run with them
  • Great for trail running
  • Great for work
  • Great for hiking
  • The fabric is really durable and they hold up well, and when get wet they dry quickly


  • No cons

These are my first pair of minimalist shoes. I needed something for work and I really didn't like the looks of the FiveFingers. I read that if one wants to truly learn barefoot running they should start out running barefoot- the minimalists can confuse you because you are not truly running on your bare skin which tells you what you are doing wrong. For example, you would not scuff your barefeet, but minimalists will allow it.

So they did take some time to get used to. I liked them from the start, but I was not used to doing a lot of walking barefoot. I do go barefoot and I have done some barefoot running on trails, on gravel, but to wear them for 12 hours a day in a retail environment takes getting used to and the foot muscles that are normally supported have to get stronger to support a new way of walking which is more natural and walking barefoot or in minimalists really let you know if you are pounding on your heel, or putting too much pressure on your ankles. Your posture will improve, too. The key is to relax your feet, don't tense. Buy Ken Bob Saxton's book and he will explain it all. Back to the shoes. 

The shoes also have a built in bacteria inhibitor to keep the odor away. The lacing system is great and they are very comfortable and easy to wear. The soles are from Vibram and look like snake skin. They are very flexible and thin. I liked them immediately after trying Vivobarefoots, and other shoes. Vibram Five Fingers were not an option because I never liked the way they looked and I wanted more freedom of my toes. I don't really care for toe socks either, but I bought a pair and I am used to them but would prefer something they doesn't feel constraining. 

The Merrell Vapor Gloves in Blue, or they seem more electric blue, with yellow stripes have a very durable upper fabric that is lightweight, and very comfortable. Do I have to say that they are extremely breathable? They are called Vapors. 

I got them wet a few times, really wet in a downpour. I was at work and the wetness wasn't really noticeable and they dried out in 3 hours with socks. They didn't even look wet, so that was good for me when customers would come in, not that they would notice.  But standard work shoes when they get wet don't usually look dry when wet and they usually look aged after they dry. But the Vapor Gloves look like they never got wet. The material is awesome. And what is really awesome is the price. 

Retailers' Descriptions

Here's what other sites are saying:

Get out on your next run with pair of shoes that fit like a glove with the Vapor Glove from Merrell. Offering a breathable mesh upper to provide you with the cool airflow that you need on your long runs, The Barefoot Run Vapor Glove works to keep your feet dry and comfy even as you crank the intensity to 11. Merrell's M Select FRESH technology leave your shoes smelling great no matter how often you wear them, while the Vibram outsole offers excellent traction on the terrain. PRODUCT FEATURES: Upper Features/Lining: Barefoot construction Breathable mesh upper External TPU heel sling for contoured support M-Select FRESH naturally prevents odor before it starts for fresh smelling feet Reflective details for increased visibility in low light Integrated microfiber footbed treated with Aegis Wash as needed in cold water (gentle cycle). Air dry Midsole/Outsole: 0mm Drop / 0mm Cush / 5.5mm Stack Height Vibram outsole

- Appalachian Outdoors refers to the men's version

Free Shipping. Merrell Men's Vapor Glove Shoe FEATURES of the Merrell Men's Vapor Glove Shoe Breathable mesh upper External TPU heel sling for contoured support M Select Fresh naturally prevents odor before it starts for Fresh smelling feet Mesh loot bed Reflective details for increased visibility in low light Wash as needed in cold water (gentle cycle). Air dry Omm Drop / Omm cushion / 5.5mm stack height Vibram outsole Vegan friendly footwear SPECIFICATIONS of the Merrell Men's Vapor Glove Shoe Weight: 1/2 pair: 5 oz

- Moosejaw refers to the men's version

Merrell's Vapor Glove gives your feet a breath of fresh air with mesh uppers that mold to your feet, while ventilating heat and moisture. Zero-drop cushioning lands your foot pancake flat for full ground contact and barefoot benefits.This product will be shipped directly from Merrell and will leave their warehouse in 2-3 business days. Eligible for UPS ground shipping only.

- EMS refers to the men's version

Barefoot performance made for road running with reflective hits

- RockCreek refers to the men's version

Trot through the streets or lope through the forest and get your feet fully engaged with the Merrell Vapor Glove Barefoot Running Shoes for men. This is the ultimate minimalist shoe with 5.5 mm of midsole and a mesh upper to keep you feet cool. Offering protection from sharp rocks and burrs, the TC1 rubber outsole is tough and will give you plenty of traction on slippery surfaces. When you're through with your long run, you won't need to worry about washing these as often as this shoe has received Aegis antimicrobial treatment that helps keep the odor down. Get into these low profile, minimalist shoes and be amazed with the protection and traction they provide.

- Altrec Outdoors refers to the men's version