Merrell Trail Glove Barefoot Trail Running Shoes - Minimalist (For Men)

Closeouts. Runner's World Magazine's pick for "Best Debut" for 2011, Merrell's Barefoot Trail Glove trail running shoes offer exceptional flexibility and support from the glove-like fit of an ultralight upper. These also latch to dynamic trail surfaces with a responsive Vibram® Trail Glove TC-1 rubber compound outsole.

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  • Verified Buyer Reviewed by jayebee from Penn Valley, California on Thursday, February 21, 2013
    When the shoes arrived I was certain that they were too small. However, they fit when I tried them on. They are incredibly lightweight and "minimalist" is an appropriate term for their function - they have absolutely no padding or cushioning. My wife and I walk, daily (we both received a pair) and wore them for a four-mile walk. We were impressed with their lightness but felt as though they needed more padding in the footbed. I must add that our walk included some dirt trail and some asphalt. The shoes definitely felt more comfortable on the dirt trail. We have since returned to wearing our padded running shoes for our daily walks.
    In retrospect, some minimalist padding would probably help. As of this writing I have not tried it but I am concerned, because the shoes fit so snuggly that sufficient padding may make them too tight. I will provide an update soon. Overall, with some padding I think that these shoes will work well as a light-duty trail shoe and as an "every day" shoe, as an alternative to sandals. We aren't trail runners but they may work well for that use.
  • Verified Buyer Reviewed by JC from Austin, TX on Saturday, February 16, 2013
    I bought this shoe and a similar Merrill shoe within two week period. The Merrill Bare Access 2 (J41579) was a delight. This shoe is ok but I would not buy again. I have worn it for about 25 miles, half on the trails and it is not uncomfortable but I much prefer the other Merrill or a Salomon I have. Trail stones are noticeable at times. To lace or unlace shoe is difficult. Eyelets do not seem to want the laces to move.
  • Verified Buyer Reviewed by rrr from Bismarck, ND on Wednesday, February 13, 2013
    The best minimalist shoes around. Great comfort, great style, great quality. I have quite a few pairs of this style and love them all. Ventilates well and goes on easy. Love them.
  • Verified Buyer Reviewed by PDX runner from Portland, OR on Wednesday, February 13, 2013
    I use these for running, mostly on roads, a bit on trails. Barefoot-style running is a serious adjustment and takes months, usually with a fair amount of pain, but it completely renewed my ability to run without pain (ilio-tibial band syndrome), and finding these shoes, with their excellent fit, light weight and a bit of style to boot, has helped me make that transition. It's been well worth it. I love these shoes!
  • Verified Buyer Reviewed by Debguid from Cut Off, LA on Thursday, January 31, 2013
    I wear a size 11 in women's shoes and bought a size 9 1/2 in this men's shoe and it fits perfect.They are light and very comfortable .I have worn them in power walk races also.
  • Verified Buyer Reviewed by Q-man from Fullerton CA on Tuesday, January 29, 2013
    So far I have only run twice with these shoes but I like 'em.
  • Verified Buyer Reviewed by El the runner from guilford,ct on Monday, January 21, 2013
    get ready to run on the balls of your feet and stress calf muscles. work up to these as you may hurt yourself if not conditioned.
  • Verified Buyer Reviewed by BigBad from Eugene, or on Monday, January 21, 2013
    I use these on both trails and road. comfy and
  • Verified Buyer Reviewed by BUD from Council, Idaho on Wednesday, January 16, 2013
    I have a narrow foot that is flat, tried this shoe for limiting knee pain to change my gait, it worked. Quality shoe.
  • Verified Buyer Reviewed by Ray from San Diego on Tuesday, January 08, 2013
    Was looking to try out a pair of minimalist shoes and couldn't pass up the STP deal. These Merrell's fit well and were comfortable wearing barefoot out of the box. I found the fit to be somewhat narrow, which works well for me. Super quick lacing and ridiculously lightweight.
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