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Comments about Merrell Road Glove 2 Road-Running Shoes - Men's:
To be fair I am not currently a runner (though I used to run half marathons), I'm a bicyclist however recently I had read about people using these minimalistic shoes as a good travel option in place of bulkier athletic shoes so I thought I'd give them a try. Here are some thoughts -
Fit – first and foremost if the shoe doesn't fit you're not going to wear it let alone like it. These fit like a glove in my opinion. I wear a 45 euro, an 11 in most shoes and 11.5 in Puma so I went with an 11 here and they fit exactly as I would have expected. The bonus is that while they run a medium width the fabric is stretchy enough that they will accommodate a wider foot as well as tighten up around a more narrow foot like my own. The real treasure was the high arch support. I have high arches and have had experience with planar fasciitis so arch support is key to keeping my feet happy, here despite the lack of cushioning the arch support felt very good on my foot.
Comfort – I have to say that overall I prefer a shoe with more cushion, I think that the barefoot phenomenon is one that isn't for everyone; these shoes have a little cushion, not much, but enough that in combination with the arch support make them comfortable for all day walking. I've worn them for days at a time and have been fine with them; that said, they still aren't as comfortable as some of the running shoes I have; then again, that's the price I suppose one pays for a minimalistic design. One other note on comfort is that in high heat, the black fabric really does collect heat, enough that your feet will notice it on hot sunny days. I think that from a comfort perspective these are best for short days.
Usability – This is a tricky point for me. Again, I'm no longer a runner though if I were I wouldn't use these for running, I just feel as though too much impact would be passed into my feet and legs. However I bought them as shoes that would pack down easily and offer limited comfort while traveling, in that way they hit the mark. They are small enough that they pack easily in everything from a carry on to a daypack making them ideal inclusion for a camping or backpacking trip. I wore them with shorts and was fine with them, they won't be my daily go to shoes however on summer days when I need something more than sandals but not full blown runners I'll continue to reach for these.
Would I buy them again? – That depends. First, I think they are pricey for what they are; there really isn't much to them however they are well made. I would recommend them to a traveler that wants something light and low profile however I'd steer a runner or someone looking for a shoe to wear every day towards something else. Its seems that in a specialized collection of shoes these have a place; just be sure that you remember what you're getting – a lightweight shoe that prizes flexibility and arch support over cushioned comfort.
What do I really think? – They fit the "that's good stuff" rating; they fit well, they satisfy a need and I certainly don't regret them nor do I have unreasonable expectations for them. They are now my de facto choice as a lightweight travel shoe when space in a pack or a carry on is at a premium. I'll also add that as usual these exhibit the expected Merrell quality, which is to say that they are very well made. If that's what you're looking for, then give them a try but keep in mind the caveats I've listed above.
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