Closeouts. By providing 8mm of cushion in a minimalist design Merrell's Barefoot Bare Access 2 running shoes are perfect for barefoot running beginners or more experienced runners who are tackling longer distances.
Reviewed by The Happy House-wife from Illinois on Wednesday, March 05, 2014
My husband purchased a pair of these over 9 months ago and wears them almost every day to work. He spends a lot of time walking, and being on his feet. These shoes are far better than Mizunos or Asics he has tried in the past. He likes the feel of being almost barefoot. My husband also needs an extra wide toe box. Something that is hard to find in athletic shoes... Let's just say the choices are very limited and not always pleasing in both comfort or style. These are by far the best shoes we have found to fit his wide feet... Even though these shoes are not considered EE. So we now have 3 more pairs... In case this shoe is discontinued. If you have wider feet and are looking for a comfy shoe, look no further.
Reviewed by Jennifer E from Charlotte nc on Monday, March 03, 2014
These are a true barefoot shoe. They are snuggly comfortable.
My husband likes to wear socks so they are a little snug but he says not uncomfortably snug. Nevertheless, he loves the fit and feel as well as the lightness of the shoe --awesome shoe!!
Reviewed by Luke from Portland, OR on Thursday, February 13, 2014
My go-to pair of running shoes are Merrell Barefoot Trail Gloves, but I also have Sonic Gloves. I've used them for years and I love them. I do mostly road running in the 10k - 25k range, but also run trails, the occasional Tough Mudder or similar event, and play racquetball.
The Bare Access 2s appear to be a good quality shoe judging by the fabric, stitching, and sole. They fit loose by standard shoe sizing, these were even difficult to adequately tighten while wearing a pair of wool socks. I wasn't able to cinch them up tight enough without deforming the area below the bottom lacing loops. Despite the loose midshoe, the length was right, leaving enough space in the toe box to avoid jamming on downhills. The Vibram sole is good.
Unlike either the Trail Glove or Sonic Glove, these had a stiff outer midsole support which proved uncomfortable for my feet and running style. It's possible I didn't give them enough of a break in period, but I cut short my initial run in them because the pressure on my outer midsoles was starting to cause pain.
I gave them three stars because they are well designed and constructed, light, and I trust the Merrell brand from my past and current experience to hold up over time. In particular, the sole looked like it would outlast the Trail Glove sole, which makes it disappointing that I won't get to test the wear over time and miles. Everybody's feet are different, so what seems wrong for my feet may be right for yours. If you have wide or tall feet, and/or like outer midsole support, these might be perfect for you.
Reviewed by EP from Atlanta on Friday, November 22, 2013
Ordered for my husband who is a 10, I suggested he should ordered down (that's what I did for my Merrell Barefoot) but he didn't listen. So now have to exchange for 9.5... I love the women's version & he'll love his when he gets the size right. We use them for Crossfit.