Merrell Shiver Moc
This is a reliable slip-on shoe good for walking in…
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $50 on sale
This is a reliable slip-on shoe good for walking in the city and light hiking on trails. The footbed gives good support, yet is flexible. I was able to wear these shoes to work in an office, without looking like I should be camping.
- Tidy profile with no laces or decorations
- Comfortable footbed for support yet flexible
- Plain strong shoe
- Tidy, nice look for working in an office
- This is not a hiking boot for rough off-trail conditions
- The sole wore out and round-heeled in less than a year
- Sole is slippery on wet smooth floors
The Moc is a good basic shoe for walking in the city. I bought this pair to wear walking to work in an office. It was an ideal pair of shoes for me because I wanted plain shoes as comfortable as hiking boots. My supervisor had spoken out against hiking boots as "not professional attire." The Moc shoes passed inspection without comment! I liked the black colour with most of my clothes.
The shoes did not need any breaking-in time. I never had a blister. The fit was good even though the shoe had no laces to adjust the fit. The footbed was good support while still being flexible as I walked.
I found the Moc to be a good shoe while walking on pavement. I wore these shoes while walking on light trails also. The performance was at least as good as a simple cheap sneaker or low-rise Converse.
Since the shoes were not sold as waterproof, I sprayed them with a waterproofing silicone spray. They kept out rain for a year of use.
The only thing I did not like from the first was the lack of traction on wet floors. The black rubber sole LOOKED like a Vibram sole but was NOT as grippy.
The other thing I realized after six months was that the soles were not as tough as Vibram soles, either. The soles wore round-heeled and wore through in less than a year of city walking. This is not unusual for me with most shoes, as I walk and take buses rather than driving.
When the fit gradually loosened after nine or ten months, I tried wearing two slim pairs of socks instead of a single sport-weight sock. The fit felt good once more.
These are my favorite shoes for icy winter days. The…
Price Paid: $44
These are my favorite shoes for icy winter days. The traction sole keeps you steady and the lining keeps you toasty.