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Just because you want minimalist shoes doesn't mean they should trash your feet. The Merrell Embark Glove GTX Men's Trail Running Shoes give you a nearly nothing feel without trimming back on the durability, traction, or weather protection. Merrell added an ultra-thin shock-absorbing footplate that distributes force while maintaining a barefoot feel. Not to mention the fact that these shoes include a Gore-Tex Performance Comfort membrane to keep your nearly bare feet from getting soaked.

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3 5

Not as great as I thought they would be

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

I bought these to try out the barefoot style after having several friend rave about it. The fit of the shoes was good but they didn't quite live up to the hype. I could never get comfortable trail running in them because the soles are so soft that you feet every rock and root. I would wind up with bruises on the bottoms of my feet after even short runs. I do wear them casually now and they work pretty good for that. The Gore-Tex might be a little overkill for this type of shoe. The sides are so low that it wouldn't help with stream crossings but might work in damp grass.

As a disclaimer, I am affiliated with Gore for product testing of Gore-tex products for the purpose of product review and recommendation. I do receive items from Gore for these purposes.

3 5

Waterproof feet?

My main question for this shoe was, 'What's it like in the snow?' It is made of Gore-Tex so I figured it would work as long as snow didn't get into the obviously low tops. Upon opening the package I became skeptical because there are mesh vents on the sides of the shoes. I tried them out anyway and they do allow moisture into the shoe for sure, but with wool socks it doesn't really affect the foot all that much. Wool socks make all the difference by insulating the foot, while the shoe doesn't protect from water. So it all boils down to, 'How dry do you need to be?'

Very comfortable, though!

4 5

Great Shoe for price

These are a great pair of minimalist shoes. the shoe is differently better on sharp shale rock and rocky terrain than 5 fingers. i usually have a nike 11.5 or salomon 11.5 and these i am a 10.5

The waterproofness of these had been very good and i have had no leaks to date. i would differently recommend these for a great spring, fall, and summer waterproof shoe but i do not recommend these for the winter i would more than likely go with a salomon gtx shoe

these are on sale right now i noticed so for the price you can't beat it

1 5

Not as good as I had hoped

I love my Merrell Trail Gloves, and I was hoping to love these for my wintery runs in the woods of PA. Unfortunately, these fall short. The GTX lining means the shoes feel tighter, and the toe box curves of up and is smaller than it should be for minimalist shoes. The soles are also very stiff, which seemed to mess with my BFR form. The back of the shoe rubbed against my ankle so bad that it caused pain. I so wanted to like these shoes. Thankfully, the season is almost over, so I can wait till next year to see what new models of minimalist shoe come out with GTX.

5 5

winter barefoot shoe

these are the best winter barefoot shoes you will find. completely waterproof. great transition for winter.