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Rugged enough to handle long hikes in almost any condition, the Merrell Men’s Chameleon3 Stretch Hiking Shoe uses a web of foot-supporting technologies to keep you comfortable while the burly materials and grippy sole carry you to your destination.

  • Lycra and Neoprene form a stretch collar and tongue to keep little rocks and other bits of distraction out of your shoe and on the trail where they belong
  • Aegis Antimicrobial treatment prevents the polyester mesh lining from spawning new species after lots of high output activity
  • Injection molded TPU heel and instep stability arm maintain your heel’s position so you can avoid blisters from slipping and support your insteps
  • The Ortholite anatomical footbed and a Merrell Air cushion combine for down-to-earth comfort and support
  • Nylon 6.6 Injection molded arch shank adds quality arch support to the mix
  • In-Board Compression molded EVA Footframe aligns your foot properly to finish off the amazing support system built into this shoe
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Good but not great

    The shoes are OK, but I have found the internal stretch lining cuts into the tendons at the front of my ankle, making them a little uncomfortable. I should note that I have orthotics due to high arches that may be contributing to this. However, I have other Merrell shoes with stretch liners (no laces) and they don't have the same issue. With the Chameleon3 Stretches, it's like the stretch section does not come far enough up the ankle and/or the stitching at the top edge of the stretch needs to be done internally (like my other pair). At this stage I would not be rushing to get another pair and if I did not live in Australia, would seriously be looking at returning them.


      I have been a Merrel fan for years, but this pair has cured me. The break in period was long and painful and once it was over the seams inside the shoe have torn and the rubber on the toe of the shoe is pulling away at an alarming rate. It might be that this type of shoe is not for high arches, once the shoe size is big enough to get on, it constantly slips off my foot and the most inopportune times. I wouldn't do it again, it just doesn't seem like a quality shoe. It only lasted me a few months.


        Falls apart with few miles and only on the street. Terrible quality. Not to mention there is some sort of plate in the heal that will tear the back of your foot up if you want to walk any further than the distance to your car. Wouldn't think of wearing these on a walk in the park, much less taking them on the trail

        great shoes

          I've had a pair of stretch chameleons for almost 8 years now (they might be the original, it's not labeled) and they've been awesome. Sadly, I don't know if they're Gore-Tex or not because I received them as a gift and they don't have the small metal "Gore-Tex" label on the side. Either way, they're almost 100% waterproof as I've used them as my go-to winter shoe when I don't want to wear clunky boots. They've kept my feet dry through countless traipses through northern New England snow and slush, muddy hikes, total downpours in the mountains of northern Spain, and general city travel through Europe and South America. The only time my feet got wet seemed to be when I stayed submerged too long and water leaked through the seam between the sole and the upper. I'm looking for a new pair of Merrell's now (maybe the chameleon 4 GTX or the refuge pro waterproof) but only because the inside fabric of the heel has worn through to the plastic support on my old chameleon's. These don't disappoint.

          Maybe a bit too much like an old pair of shoes

            I bought these shoes in may, they fit like a dream. I was stoked that I didn't have to go up a size to account for my wide foot. The ball of the shoe seems to have been made to accommodate a wide fit.

            The elastic band around the ankle dug into my Achilles tendon pretty bad. But I eventually got used to it.

            I had to return these when the toe started to fall apart. I bought them May 26th and by June 10th they were falling apart. I heard a rumor that Merrell was recently bought by a larger company, so I will be pursuing other brands.

            Overall- I loved that right out of the box these fit like and old pair of shoes, but then they started falling apart like an old pair of shoes. Not impressed.

            Maybe a bit too much like an old pair of shoes

            Comfortable Like an Old Shoe

              Just got a pair of these recently and have yet to take them out on a trail, but have been wearing them daily in regular use, and these things are COMFORTABLE. All caps, man.

              As someone else said, there's a little bit of heel slip, not sure if that would be a problem or not yet when hiking, but a few days into owning them, they fit and feel like hiking boots I've worn for years.

              Decent light duty shoes

                I really liked the idea that these shoes have. They do have some issues though. I bought a 9 because it fit the shape of my foot the best, but it was a little short. Also, I can't keep the heel from slipping, and the 9.5 was even worse. Having said that I still wear the shoes, and I've hiked a whole day in them. My feet stayed cool and dry, and the heel slip never rubbed me raw. But I wouldn't say these are true hiking shoes. I would almost compare it to hiking in Chacos, which I like to do when I can get away with it.

                roomy, warm, and comfortable

                  i love these shoes. super roomy and warm, especially in the cold winter time. great support, nice and cushiony. i like the weight a lot. not real heavy but seem to be extremely durable. i'm hoping these will last for quite some time. will report back if i have any problems with them, but so far they're holding up great and i don't have a single complaint. especially love being able to slip them on without having to worry about lacing up.

                  Replacement for Chameleon II

                    I bought the Chameleon IIs some time ago and decided to get a backup pair since mine were starting to show their age. I discovered that the IIs were no longer available and opted for the Chameleon III. In simple terms, the original Chameleon II felt as though I'd worn them for a month the first time I put them on. The newer models don't have the same structure around the top of the shoe and it took some time for them to stop rubbing my achilles tendon to the point of irritation. Although I like the shoes, I think they fail to meet the standards of the Chameleon II. Regardless of that, I would still buy them again. Unfortunately, they'll probably introduce the IV before I need a new pair!

                    Comfortable, Convenient, and Cool...

                      I bought these originally in Kangaroo color. And, I liked them so much that I bought a second pair in the black/ brown color- just to have a variation.

                      These shoes are really comfortable, very convenient to slip on & off (no laces to deal with), and they look really cool and sporty.

                      So ugly...

                        My original chameleon finally died, and tried out the chameleon 3...they are so ugly. fit is stiffer on the heel which I like it, but it's just so ugly and I didn't like them. gotta find the original pairs....

                        Stretch vs. Ventilator I live in north...

                        Stretch vs. Ventilator

                        I live in north Florida and like to go trail and woods hiking. Occasionally I may come across some marshy, wet areas where my foot might sink down a bit. I almost bought the Stretch but cancelled the order b/c after reviewing the Ventilator I thought this would be a better shoe, particularly the Vent GTX.

                        My main question is this: Could I get by using just the regular Stretch for the conditions I described, or would it become completely wet and as a result wet my feet, or should I just go with the Vent GTX? Both look good. I also know there is the Stretch GTX, but would this be worth getting over the Vent GTX? I also plan on hiking a few miles at a time too, so which one has more comfort?

                        Any help would be greatly appreciated. Which one do you think would be better if you've worn both?

                        Hey Derek,

                        Gore-tex vs non Gore... You are looking at low top waterproof shoes, so if you are falling in marsh areas where your foot gets fully submerged, then GTX will not help. I think a lowtop GTX shoe is best for hiking in the rain, and in wet dew covered grass.

                        In florida, I would go with a ventilated shoe... Not as hot, and they dry out faster if you do get them wet.


                        What is the difference between the stretch...

                        What is the difference between the stretch model and the ventilator?

                        the stretch has a tighter fit that feels like your wearing another layer of skin rather a shoe and is good for all around sports, I use them to climb run hike and everthing else, the grip aint bad at all(would not use as a prim-rock climbing shoe), the vents are also a very good shoe, I have them as well and love switching it up, both are very lightweight, flexable, durable and worth the cash, the only down fall I'd say is that I have wide feet and as of now they dont come in a wide. I'd have to say I've put the stretch through more punishment in the 4 months I've had them then any other shoes I've worn and they love it. BUY THEM!!!

                        The merrell site has them available in...

                        The merrell site has them available in gore tex, do you or will you? I had a pair of the 2's and love them but they are about shot.