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Merrell Shiver Moc

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
photo: Merrell Shiver Moc footwear product

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.

Pros

  • Tidy profile with no laces or decorations
  • Comfortable footbed for support yet flexible
  • Plain strong shoe
  • Tidy, nice look for working in an office

Cons

  • 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.

Update 2/16/17:

These shoes with their worn soles are now used only when I'm gardening or painting the shed. Nice to have old shoes for muddy or drippy work!

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $50 on sale

These are my favorite shoes for icy winter days. The traction sole keeps you steady and the lining keeps you toasty.

Price Paid: $44

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Men's
Price Historic Range: $29.99-$120.00
Women's
Price Historic Range: $80.00
Reviewers Paid: $44.00-$50.00
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