Best all-around minimalist (but runs a little long)

Verified Buyer Reviewed by Christian in Austin from Austin on Saturday, April 26, 2014
This shoe has more protection than the trail glove, but fits just as nicely (even better, actually, because the sole doesn't have high relief areas that would bruise my foot with the trail glove). With that protection on the sole, you don't lose the minimalist feel, dexterity, or zero-drop that we love, but instead we just get a grippier, safer sole. I use it for trail running, cross-fit and the occasional road run. I'm also finding I keep going back to it for an all-around casual shoe now too. I wear a 10 in most athletic shoes. Scaled down to 9.5 in these and could probably even press down to a 9, but I didn't want to risk toe blisters. As they are, I have plenty of room for toe splay while the glove holds my foot comfortably with no slip. I do recognize that since they're gloves, they might not fit every foot. I have a narrow foot and these are great. Wider feet, ymmv. If merrells do fit your feet and you love to run trails, just get these. Better protection than the New Balance and just as lightweight.
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