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So you've switched to 'barefoot' running and you like it, but boy, that road can be hard mile after mile. The Merrell Women's Bare Access Arc 2 Running Shoe offers the minimalist construction you've come to love and the cushioning that—admit it—you kind of miss. The zero-drop profile enables perfect barefoot form, but 8mm of cushioning and a 12.5mm stack height offer a touch of protection from the road and sidewalks. New for 2013, Merrell redesigned the upper for better durability and fit, and extended the Vibram outsole the full length of the shoe for better traction and protection from rough surfaces.

  • Polyester mesh upper is highly breathable and durable
  • Synthetic overlays add structure and enhance your fit
  • Bellowed tongue and small toe cap protect against trail hazards and debris
  • Wide forefoot allows toes to splay naturally as you run
  • Cement construction reduces weight
  • Integrated footbed features 2mm of EVA for light cushioning, and is treated with an Aegis antimicrobial formula to fight odors
  • EVA midsole offers lightweight cushioning while full Vibram outsole delivers reliable traction and protection
  • Reflective details increase your visibility in low light
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Like a Glove

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

This was my first pair of minimalist shoes. They beefed up my calves immediately, and felt great in the process! I have a wide foot, and that is why I decided to go with Merrell. I was not disappointed. They have great traction, and allow my foot to move and behave freely.

Love them

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

During the winter, I used them mostly in the gym and have loved them. They are breathable and have just enough cushioning so that my feet don't hurt like they do with a true barefoot shoe. Now that the weather is nicer, they are out of the gym and I wear them everywhere on sunny days. They are the opposite of waterproof, more like sponges. I do a lot of walking on a college campus and I also usually walk a couple of miles home from school and these are fantastic walking shoes. I'm not a young college student either so I really want comfy shoes and these are my favorite. Also, they have a nice wide toe box so my toes aren't squished together.

Most comfortable shoes ever

  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

I bought these shoes as a gift for my mother-in-law, which can be a risky proposition but it turned out perfectly. She absolutely loves these shoes. She wears them everyday, all day. I think she may even sleep in them. She says they are more comfortable than any other shoes she owns and even more comfortable than being barefoot. I think she has convinced about 10 other people to buy these shoes in the last month.


    The color of these shoes are totally fun!!!

    I get comments every time I wear them, all good. An elderly gentleman asked me if they were my Jolly Green Giante shoes.

    Toe box is wide but I like that really well. Lots of room on long walks.I would buy them again in a heartbeat.

    These shoes are great. I got them as a gift from some friends of mine that wanted to bless me with some good shoes for zumba. They work really well and give me enough traction without hindering performance. The toe box is a bit wide but, I don't mind the extra room and grip space for my toes. The light weight is really great for jumps, dancing, and when I teach kickboxing and yoga.

    Too wide for me

      OK, so I got these and the color is spot on with the photo here. Unfortunately, I'm sending them back because the toe box is too wide. I have long, narrow feet and have to really cinch the laces to get the shoes to feel right. It looks silly. I think I'm going to try the Pace Glove.

      I just ordered these. I love the vibrant...

      I just ordered these. I love the vibrant green color but am seeing them online looking more muted. How accurate is this photo color-wise?