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Merrell All Out Blaze Aero Sport

rated 3.00 of 5 stars
photo: Merrell All Out Blaze Aero Sport trail shoe

I wanted to love these hiking shoes, but they just didn't win me over after multiple backcountry hiking trips. They did not hold up in the arch area for comfort on long backpacking trips.


  • Waterproof
  • Breathable
  • Appearance
  • Traction


  • Poor arch support
  • Bruised toes even with 1 whole size larger.
  • Just not a good fit

Merrell All Out Blaze Aero hiking shoes

Good traction on soles

Extra rubber protection in the toe box

I bought these shoes at REI during a sale. I tried them on and was super impressed with how comfortable they felt. I never would have guessed that these were about to be one of the worst shoes for backpacking.

First trip they held up fine, still impressed with them. They are rugged with good traction and proved to be water resistant and I loved the color that blended well with the rest of my hiking clothes (not that it matters). 

It was not until my fourth backpacking trip that they started to really bother my arches. So on my next trip I purchased high dollar arch supports. They helped a little bit, but the supports raised my toes just enough to get massively bruised and ultimately lost four toenails. With that said I decided to just go with a brand new hiking shoe all together. 

I definitely don't blame the toenail situation on the shoe, but the arch situation was just not the best for me. I brought them back and exchanged them for the Adidas (see my review) which have done well so far. 

I love Merrell shoes and have owned other varieties. They have a great reputation, but these just didn't hold up to the test. 

My foot size is 7.5 and I bought a size 8.5 in these shoes.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $60

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