Barefoot trail runners that provide a balance of foot freedom, protection, minimalist cushioning, and traction in a super-lightweight set up. If you’re stepping into the barefoot world, your feet will need time to adjust – Merrell® recommends that you build up your barefoot activities slowly.
- Made of DWR-treated synthetic leather and breathable air mesh with synthetic leather heel sling.
- Omni-fit lacing system is designed to wrap the foot to provide a precise, glove-like fit.
- Welded TPU overlays and fused rubber toe bumper add durability.
- Microfibre footbed with an antimicrobial treatment.
- 4mm compression-moulded mapped EVA midsole provides protection from uneven terrain and stone bruising without disconnecting you from the trail.
- 1mm forefoot shock absorption plate protects foot by distributing pressure but maintains natural forefoot flexibility.
- Vibram® Trail Glove sole gives full-length, flexible lugged traction. Rubber compound provides durable grippy performance.
- 9.5mm total stack height including outsole.
- Vegan-friendly construction.
|Ideal for||Trail running|
Some shoes include added motion control or stability features to help minimize pronation or supination, where the foot tends to roll inward or outward in a biomechanically imbalanced running position.
The approximate thickness of the midsole cushioning under the heel and the forefoot. A thicker heel and greater difference between heel and toe height tends to suit heel-strike runners, while forefoot and midfoot strikers may prefer a minimal drop between heel and toe cushioning.
The drop is the difference in height between the heel and the forefoot midsole cushioning. Traditional running shoes tend to have a 10mm drop or higher while minimalist style shoes are on the lower end of the spectrum.
Waterproof shoes and boots feature a waterproof-breathable membrane and a gusseted tongue to help keep your feet dry in wet conditions.