User Review: Merrell Men's Barefoot Trail Glove
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $55.95, on sale
This is definitely a minimalist shoe. Not too great for walking on asphalt roads or concrete sidewalks, as it hurt my feet after a few miles, but great for a day trip up to about 12 miles. Very comfortable once worn in!
- Foot conforming design
- Possible bouldering shoe
- Widened toe for breathability and mobility
- Not good for everyday use
- Very long shoe strings
- Needs lots of break-in time
The fit of the show is very nice, especially if you tried it on in-store or know your particular size. The shoe fits the heel quite snugly and fits the toes nicely as well. The toe region of the shoe widens a bit to give the toes room to breathe and move around. This shoe feels like part of my foot when it is on.
Getting the shoe on can be a hassle sometimes, especially when tying the shoes up. The sole is Vibram but it's more of a foam sole than the rubber Vibram sole we are used to. The shoe needs requires a bit of break-in; I had to wear mine at least 30 miles or so before I didn't get blisters from them.
If tied right, the shoe keeps out just about all forms of dirt, sand, water, twigs, etc. Traction wise, the shoe works quite well as long as the surface isn't too slippery, which is a drawback for me because I live in a region where it rains sometimes intensely and unpredictably. The support is very nice, as it adequately supports those with a foot arch.
Overall, I would recommend this shoe for short day hikes/ trail runs but not for much after that. I have used it for three two-day, 18 mile hike on trails/rocks, and numerous 2-3 mile dog walks on concrete/asphalt/grass.