Reviewed by Jeff the cross fitter from Houston on Tuesday, March 26, 2013
I was eager to get these shoes for Cross Fit training, with short runs and weightlifting. In general, I like the style and would like the shoes a lot if they fit. The problem is very strange-they fit perfectly, and snugly, in the heels and arch, were slightly long in the medial foot by my big toes, but my little toes actually hit the front slightly. What is bizarre is that there appears to be a large amount of fabric on top of the front part of the shoe, stretching from the lateral aspect of the mid foot to the medial aspect of the forefoot, which bunches into a ridge when the shoe is tightened. I am a 13 mens, and typically have not problem with a medium width. I realize that these shoes are supposed to have a big toe box, but this was ridiculous with the ridge making them look like clown shoes. I am returning these shoes. I went to a Merrell outlet store and tried on multiple versions of these shoes in various sizes and all size 13 had this problem and all 12 were too small. The clerk said that the Trail glove has this problem for people with narrower, but not completely narrow, feet. I ended up choosing a different pair of Merrell barefoot shoes, the Road Glove. These shoes does not have this problem and I love them.
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