Rated4out of5bysemper altiusfromfits smallI tried wearing the shoes barefoot, but I was getting friction hot spots under the balls of my feet.
However, these shoes are definitely sized to wear barefoot -- get the next size up if you want to consider wearing socks with them, especially if you want to wear normal cotton crew socks.
the next size up isn't in stock, so I'm stuck wearing thin cycling socks with them, which works ok.
Also, like another reviewer mentioned, the arch support feels strange at first, but you come to ignore it when actually running.
I'd prefer "barefoot" shoes to have no arch support whatsoever, but I think maybe to get that I'd need to find a less traditional manufacturer.
Date published: 2013-10-16
Rated4out of5byMatt Loves RunningfromSolid road running shoeI've only run 5 times in these shoes at 4.5 miles per run and so far they feel comfortable though a little narrow. I ran in them without socks the first time because they were supposed to emulate barefoot running, but I got pretty bad blisters on my feet. I was a little surprised since I've been running in Vibram FiveFingers Bikila road running shoes without socks for the past 1.5 years and haven't had issues with blisters since my feet have adapted. I imagine that I just need to break in the Merrell's with a few more runs and my feet will be fine. Additionally, the Merrell's protected my feet from some pretty big goathead thorns on the road whereas the Vibram FiveFingers Bikila didn't do quite as well.
Date published: 2013-08-15
Rated5out of5byCivilEngrfromSecond favorite running shoe!These are my second favorite minimalist shoes. Vibram Bikilas are my favorite, but these are a close second. The shoes are comfortable, roomy, and feel good on the streets. The arch feels odd when first putting on the shoes, especially when walking. However, the feeling disappears when running. I am very disappointed that Merrell discontinued this shoe! The Road Glove 2 is not even close to the same comfort level, especially the new arch.
Date published: 2013-06-19
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