User Review: Merrell Men's Barefoot Trail Glove
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $100
A great alternative to Vibram 5-Fingers for people looking for a barefoot shoe.
Finding the Merrell trail gloves was the result of a 2-year search for a barefoot shoe that felt perfect. During this search I originally tried the Vibram FiveFingers but learned that like many people my feet were slightly different sizes. This would mean in order to get the correct fit with one foot, the other shoe would either be to snug or too loose. Neither situation would be ideal.
Luckily Merrell came out with the trail glove. Its design allows for my differently sized feet to fit without having one shoe be too large or too small.
Merrell was also able to include all the features I was looking for in a barefoot shoe. They are extremely breathable, lightweight, and flex to form to the surface of the trail.
My only concern is regarding the traction. During the past few hikes I have slipped a few times on sand/gravel. I think it is likely that I need to get used to the grip of the shoe but it happened enough times that it is worth noting.
Overall I am very pleased with the trail glove and would recommend it to anyone looking for a barefoot shoe.