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If you're intrigued by the concept of barefoot running but are concerned about what a change it represents from your current habits and equipment, the Merrell Women's Bare Access Arc Running Shoe is the ideal solution. Like other barefoot shoes, the Bare Access Arc shoe features a zero heel drop (your heel and toe are the same distance from the ground) to enable you to start working on your barefoot form. The difference is the 8mm of cushioning in the outsole, or 'connection with cushion' as Merrell calls it, that still offers some of the cushioning that you're used to. You can develop a feel for the road, build up leg strength, and get used to the midfoot-strike style of running without some of the pain that happens with a sudden switch.

  • Integrated footbed features 2mm of EVA for light cushioning
  • Natural flex outsole with 2.5mm lug depth allows for dynamic foot movement
  • Bare Access sole with Vibram rubber pods in the strike zone offers stability and protection
  • Breathable mesh lining is treated with Aegis antimicrobial solution for odor control
  • Reflective details increase your visibility in low light

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love love love

  • Gender:Female
  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

These are the most comfortable shoes I have ever worn, hands down. The only thing I don't like about them is that they are definitely summer shoes, not good for cold, wet days. But they are so comfortable I will still give them 5 stars


super light super comfortable

  • Gender:Female
  • Familiarity:I've used it several times

Love these shoes!

Very light weight while still offering a bit more support and cushion than some of the other minimal runners. room in the toe box for your piggies to spread out, but not sloppy. I wear an 8.5 and these fit true to size.


I'm in love...

    Merrell does it again! I wanted the minimalist shoe without the "toes." These feel wonderful and weigh nothing. I wouldn't go hiking in the mountains in them but I'm using them for walks and just dinging around. I find myself reaching for them first instead of my "heavier" shoes. They are exceeding my expectations and the price was right here.


    Great Shoe for Circuit Training

      I purchased these for my wife to do circuit training. She is very happy with the lightweight feel and comfort of this shoe. It has plenty of support.

      She wears a size 9 shoe and has suggested these run a little small in length.


      great shoe

        Bought these for my wife, and between these and her vivo's she doesn't want to wear anything else. Has a minimalist feel, but has enough cushion you don't feel like you are going to bruise your feet. This is a winner.


        awesome minimalist gym and cross fit shoes

          these shoes are super light weight and have a zero drop. they give you a minimalist feel but still have 8 mm of cushion under foot. they are perfect for the treadmill, cross fit, and the gym.