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Let your feet follow their instincts

As the name says, a precise, glove-like fit lets your feet follow their instincts with confidence.

Trail Gloves are designed for runners who want to feel closer to the ground, to sense the shape of the terrain and allow their feet to move naturally. In essence, the Trail Glove provides essential protection for your foot while allowing it to move as though unclad. A flexible plate in the forefoot and an EVA midsole cushion against bruising from the uneven terrain without impeding the flex of the foot or the feel of the trail.

The Trail Glove is engineered to stay firmly in place on your foot without feeling instrusive: Merrell's precise Omni-Fit lacing system and a rear foot sling ensure the protection of the Vibram sole and the rubber toe-bumper stay where they need to be.

As well as the minimalist sole and excellent flexibility, the barefoot feeling of freedom and comfort is enhanced by extremely breathable uppers and a footbed with Aegis antimicrobial treatment.

Barefoot running can be a great experience but, as with any new sport you try, it can take a bit of getting used to! For more information on the barefoot running style, including important hints and tips on how to get started, click here.


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Product Features

  • Weight: 352g
  • Recommended use: Trail running
  • Upper: DWR treated synthetic leather & air mesh
  • Outsole: Vibram Trail Glove sole/Rubber compound TC-1
  • Midsole: EVA with flexible forefoot plate
  • Lining: Fabric
  • Footbed: microfibre with Aegis antimicrobial treatment
  • Rubber toe bumper  

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10 Customer reviews for this product

 
Excellent shoes
Reviewed By Stephen, 04 Sep 2013

Bought these initially because I just liked how they looked and wanted a new pair of trainers that I could walk around in and they've been great. Find them extremely comfortable to walk around in and it's great that you can even wear them without socks and they're comfy. They're extremely breathable and don't smell even after wearing them all day. Would happily go for a run in these as they're so comfy. Will definitely be buying another pair when I need to, although they appear to extremely durable as I've had mine almost a year and they still look brand new.

 

 

 
Superb lightweight shoe, not just for runners
Reviewed By David, 09 Apr 2013

I do next to no running these days but appreciate these shoes for their comfort and lightness. The fit is perfect - they match the shape of my feet exactly. They are ideal for general travel and sightseeing and are great as hut/camp slippers. I've found nothing else as good for those purposes, having spent years trying. I'd be very sad if they went out of production.

I also have a pair of the all-leather version (sadly discontinued, I understand) which are nearly as light but smart enough for city wear, so also good for travel.

 

 

 
worth the transition
Reviewed By Michael, 30 Jan 2013

I used to run a lot, but eventually found myself suffering from foot and ankle problems, which forced me to stop. After some reading into the subject, it seems most modern (bulky or reinforced) shoes are unhealthy for the feet (all that cushioning precludes the development of the feet muscle – and can't be doing wonders for the 26 bones in each foot...)

I'm still making the transition but the immediate problems I used to have I can say are no more. Definitely recommended. It is also much more comfortable to run in a significantly lighter shoe! Four stars because, for the (minimal) design involved, I am not entirely convinced this is £85 worth of design, manufacturing, and profit margin. £60 would be a better mark.

 

 

 
Surprisingly comfortable shoe!
Reviewed By Benjamin, 13 Oct 2012

These are fantastic shoes for those wanting to start barefoot running.
I got them a week ago and very stupidly went for a run straight away with no previous barefoot training, my advice, take it slow but even a week in I am feeling my calves are stronger and my foot muscles are increasing in strength.
A great product and have already recommended it to many friends.

 

 

 
a great shoe
Reviewed By Tim, 04 Aug 2012

I bought these shoes for generally walking around rather than running. They're a little strange to begin with, especially in the store however take off your socks, try to buy them in the afternoon when your feet are at their largest and you'll love them. I use them as often as possible. They vent well, support your feet but are not big and heavy like some trainers can be.
I use them at the gym and they were great so may buy another pair.
At £85 a pair it can be a bit of a leap of faith which is what I did, but I never have them off my feet
hope this helps

 

 

 
Lightweight, breathable, comfortable
Reviewed By William, 24 Apr 2012

Bought a pair of these to replace my now-dead hi-tecs. I have fairly bad posture, and found that the barefoot training program really helped. I chose these as I'm taking up running, and normally land forefoot/midfoot anyway (which doesn't really work in normal trainers). I wear them to work, and after spending two days on my feet in them (including a 9-hour shift) I felt only a little bit of an ache around the calves - although not totally unpleasant.

Although not waterproof, these shoes breathe REALLY well. They feel like slippers when walking around, and generally just make me happy.

The only thing I've noticed is that they really "want" to run. It's great walking around in them, but the shoes naturally fall as if running, and invite the next step - clearly not a bad thing!

If these fit you, buy them without hesitation!

 

 

 
Fit like a glove
Reviewed By Chris, 07 Apr 2012

These shoes really are like gloves as they say in the blurb. Extremely comfortable and look great too. Highly recommended.

 

 

 
Comfortable, strong and light trail shoes
Reviewed By , 18 Mar 2012

Bought these last May, still going strong almost a year later despite heavy use. I was used to 'normal' support plus socks, so they took a little getting used to but surprisingly comfortable now. Good for travel too - can be scrunched up really small and will still spring back into shape. Thoroughly recommended.

 

 

 
Snug barefoot
Reviewed By Emlyn, 29 Jun 2011

Love these Merrell Barefoot shoes! Very light and fast with just enough protection, great for short or medium trail runs.
They do take some getting used to, however, as the first time I wore them ( only 4 miles ) I had sore calves from constantly being on my toes / forefoot. I'm up to 10 miles now with no problems, just need to build up the mileage gradually. They work on roads too but watch out for small, sharp stones as these will hurt!
Only downside is they are difficult to take on and off, you have to really loosen the laces even though I have a fairly narrow foot. I've run about 100 miles in them with no appreciable wear as yet so they seem durable, too.

 

 

 
Light, fast and snug.
Reviewed By , 04 Apr 2011

I'd been looking for a replacement for the disintegrating Puma H-Streets I've been wearing since trying "barefoot running" and after a lot of online review reading I settled on these. Since I live in the centre of London I don't run trails much but these were recommended as all-rounders with minimal support and good surface sensitivity. So far I really like them, they certainly promote "good" running form, the toe box is roomy enough to allow your fore-foot to splay out and the fit is snug elsewhere to prevent rubbing. There's a bit more sole between me and the road than with the H-Streets but I can flex my foot more in these. The arch support seems intrusive now, I'm used to having none, but time will tell if that's an issue. My only real problem with the shoe is that it looks a bit dull, I nearly waited for the new NB Trail for it's funky styling but otherwise I think the Merrell suits me better.

 

 

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