Merrell Chameleon II Stretch
Price Paid: $80 (sale at DSW)
Currently looking into the newer version of the chameleon stretch. Might try the GTX.
I stumbled on these old reviews and just had to add... My first pair of Merrells were the Chameleon Stretch 2, and they are AMAZING. The stretch "bootie" and elastic "laces" are unique but really make this shoe shine. VIBRAM... 'nuff said. Comfort level is top notch, durability has not been an issue, still look pretty good minus the soles which have been punished for the last 4 years.
Have mostly used these while working in retail (aka hours upon hours of standing), walking all over Athens and the UGA campus x 4 years, backpacking/hiking in North Georgia and Western NC. In a physical therapy clinic (more standing). All have been comfortable, and have outworked all other shoes I have worn.
If I weren't a student living on student loans and watching the debt meter rise with every new week of DPT school I would buy a hand full of these shoes. I'd already be on my second pair by now but the first pair lasted so darned long.
Very Happy Customer, will look to buy these shoes for many years to come. 4.5/5 only because I'm a very tough evaluator.
Materials: Rubber? Spring 2008 model
Use: Dayhikes, Weekends with heavy loads
Break-in Period: none
Weight: 1 lb per shoe
Price Paid: $80.99 online (color was on sale)
Awesome shoe. Spent 3 days going up and down rocks, mud, muck, slippery terrain and serious inclines and never slipped. Not once.
I wasn't so sure about the slipper fit design, not having a tongue like a normal shoe, but I grew fond of it. I'm young, I've got to try new things, right?
I like the pull string shoe laces, and the only reason this shoe doesn't get a whole 5 stars is because the shoe bungies are hard to deal with once you tighten your shoes. But it was my first time wearing them out really, so I'm sure I was just being dull and not thinking about it the right way.
My feet hurt very little after putting on about 13 miles in a day, and about 23 in a 3 day span. Awesome shoe, would highly recommend to anyone else. Great multi-terrain, very good on the GA rocks and muck.
Way to go, Merrell.
Price Paid: $89
Very comfortable shoe. Fits like a glove and doesn't slip. The stretchy lace keeps rocks and dirt out. Best shoe I've ever had.
Use: day hikes, retail work
Break-in Period: 0
I sell hiking boots and shoes for a major outfitter and spend hours standing on concrete floors and running up and down stairs. When I first started the job, I tried everything -- Ecco walking shoes, Vasque hiking boots, Nike multi-sports and even dress shoes. No matter what I wore, at the end of the day I had sore feet, occasional blisters and a sore back. I read the literature and product reviews on the Merrell Chameleons, and decided to try a pair. I liked them so much I bought a second pair.
I've found that they are just as good on the trail as they are at work. They felt great out of the box with no break-in period required. They provide reasonable, but not rigid stability and the collar that goes around your foot does a good job of keeping debris and pebbles out of your shoes. I'd really recommend them to anybody as a high quality light hiker and as a substitute for everyday sneakers.
I have only a few complaints about these shoes. They are really, really unattractive, or maybe I'm really, really too old. I ordered one pair that was supposed to be chocolate and red in color, but the "chocolate" is actually an unpleasant greenish gray. Lastly, Merrells almost always run 1/2 - 1 size smaller than your normal shoe size. That's no problem in the store, but if you are mail ordering you need to take this sizing disparity into account. Other than that, these are great shoes that I wouldn't hesitate to recommend.
Use: Everything short of the rough stuff
Break-in Period: None
Weight: 215 lbs
Price Paid: $100
This is my go to everyday shoe. No break in required. It's not made for rough trails, but definitely perfect for light trail and street use.
Break-in Period: Practically null
Price Paid: $59
My foot type is:
narrow to normal
Most comfortable long-journey shoe I've tried.
Very little "break-in" needed.
Traction is second to none on all surfaces.
Lacing system is great; elastic-style laces with lace
locking slider stays snug and tied.
Well-made, very rugged.
(These are not necessarily cons, because they're not advertised to be so. Just info. for you who are shopping)
Not waterproof (for water RESISTANCE, I use an aftermarket spray)
No ankle support (it's a shoe, not a boot)
Famed to be the shoe of choice for Bear Grylls (Man vs. Wild), I had to try a pair.
A nature lover, I spend countless hours in the wilderness. From Canada to Ecuador, I've spent enough time with nature to go through several pair of shoes. Keen, Merrell, Salomon, North Face, etcetera, I've used many brands.
For short trips, there are several that you couldn't tell the difference in, but the Chameleon II Stretch by Merrell have been the most comfortable, long-haul shoe that Ive found, whether ice, snow, mud, dirt, or wading water.
Use: 8mi light hikes, light backpacking (20lb pack)
Break-in Period: 1-2 outings
Price Paid: $99.99
Excellent shoe. Second skin?...well pretty close. More like a very, very, comfortable anatomical glove for your feet. At first I really doubted the holding power of the elastic laces, but I have been very surprised. I have had no foot slip within the shoe that I can recall and attribute this to the anatomical fit last and secure compression of the design. I have done some pretty steep grades and these shoes have felt secure. The sole grip is outstanding even in wet conditions.
The cushioning is good enough for jogging trails although if looking for a racing shoe these are heavier than performance shoes like Salomon and the like, but much sturdier. They are low cut, so aggressive, loose stony ground (about baseball or softball sized stones), may require something with more ankle support but overall, they easily earn 5 stars of 5. This shoe concept will definitely be on my repeat buy list as long as they are produced.
Break-in Period: 5 minutes
Price Paid: $79
Hi, my name is Mark and I'm a Chamelon addict. Since my 10 year old daughter told me I should buy a pair (because they looked cool) when they first hit the market several years ago, I have purchased five pairs. Right now I'm wearing the Chamelon II Stretch and have a new spare pair tucked away in closet.
The shoe is light, tight, and slips on and off with ease. I live in Montana and walk between 3-5 miles a day (my dog gives no days off) on mountain trails in this shoe and find the sole aggresive enough to guarantee good footing on any surface short of slick ice. The shoes hold up well and I average over 1000 miles of hard walking per pair. I also use them for everyday wear. My feet stay dry in all conditions and by the time the "shoelace" breaks they are ready for retirement.
Break-in Period: 0.00
Weight: who cares
Price Paid: $70
I used to be a sneaker freak. I would buy anything that I thought looked cool. I ended up buying a pair of theses and that was it...I now look everywhere for these shoes and buy them when ever I can (because they are discontinued). Most comfortable thing Ive ever put on my feet. Merrell is a great company who sells an unmatched product, I recommend any of their shoes. FAN FOR LIFE
Materials: nubuck leather and breathable lining
Use: walking, running, outdoor adventures
Price Paid: 4,000
This shoe is great and I'm very comfortable with it, one,because it have a vibram sole that can withstand snow, wetland and dryland. it is great for hiking and long walks and its lining is made of nubuck leather and breatheable lining for everyday comfort.
But last time i have a problem with it because its front sole is beginning to take away from the shoe, but i treat it before it gets worse and it's fine now.
Materials: Fabric with leather
Use: short dayhikes on moderate or rough trail.
Break-in Period: Five or six miles is plenty.
Weight: 2.2 pounds
Price Paid: $90
I have three pairs of the Chameleon II Stretch. I have one pair each of about ten other brands. The Merrells are as good as they look. I live in Colorado Springs and hike mostly on a creek trail (T-Bar Trail) behind my apt. and in Palmer Park, a mesa-like bluff with most degrees of difficulty. Ever since I bought my first pair of Chameleon IIs a few months ago, all my other hiking shoes except a pair of New Balance 851 have been collecting dust. These are the best hikers I've had since I went up the Grand Teton in 1982 in a pair of Asolo Ridge.
Price Paid: $89.99 & $99.99
I have never written a review about anything, but if you're looking for a comfortable shoe this is it. I walked into a Bass Pro Shop in Charlotte and ask the guy for the most comfortable shoe they had. He said he owned a pair of these and they were very comfortable. I bought them, wore them out and a couple of days later ordered a pair online just so I could have a pair in another color. If you do a lot of walking trust me these are great and I've tried much more expensive shoes and they don't compare!
Use: short dayhikes,
Break-in Period: None
Price Paid: $93
These are the most comfortable shoes I have worn in years, probably ever. I immediately went back and bought a second pair, fearing they would be discontinued. Both pairs are now well worn, but look amazingly good for all the miles I've put on them -- mostly treadwear. They perform as well on the trail, giving me surefootedness and comfort all day long.
The stretch is what makes them comfortable, since my feet swell during the day. Lastly, they are very light, which, in a size 13, is very important to me. Great product. I am going to buy another pair today.
Break-in Period: Out of the box!
Price Paid: $99.95
If you're looking for an all-around, all-terrain light hiking shoe this is the one. Springtime hiking here in the Pacific Northwest can involve travel over slick rock, these shoes seem to grip the ground well. The shoe is well designed and solid. I require good arch support and feel like these provide the best I have found without needing to add an after-market insole. They are comfortable on the trails and they are a great everyday casual shoe. Provided they hold up over time, I'll be buying another pair somewhere down the line!
Materials: leather, mesh
Use: dayhikes, on the job
Break-in Period: none
Weight: 154 pounds
Price Paid: $100
This shoe is amazing! It is the most comfortable hiking shoe I've ever worn. From day hikes on moderate terrain to wearing them on the job, I'd recommend them without hesitation. My knees are about ready for replacement so I need major cushioning and these shoes provide it. The only place I cannot wear them is on exceedingly rough trails as my ankles need more support than a low cut shoe provides.
Use: Hiking and daily wear.
Break-in Period: One week.
Price Paid: $100
Never before have worn a shoe that instill such great confidence while hiking. There was no need to ever worry about slipping, no matter the surface. After wearing mine on countless trips and through salty city slush they still look new.
Price Paid: 24£
Without a doubt the most comfortable shoe I have ever worn. I stand for hours on end in the work I do and frequently go hiking across variable terrain and this shoe fits perfectly with either activity.
Highly recommend it for anyone looking for a lightweight comfortable shoe to do anything in.
Price Paid: $100
Don't buy this shoe. The front toe kick rubber rap has come apart on me 2 separate times. After returning the first pair and trying again, I finally gave up.
Use: day hikes, trail running, and some rough trail
Break-in Period: 0 days. No break-in period needed
Weight: heavier than my new ballance running shoes
Price Paid: $89
Very comfortable and no break in time. Very sticky sole. Only problem is the the rubber comes loose. I am exchanging my second pair.
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