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If your idea of a good date is a wild toboggan ride followed up by tapas at the wine bar, then the Merrell Encore Apex Boot is the answer to your footwear conundrum. The Encore provides the perfect combination of style and functionality to keep your toes warm and comfortable.

  • Aegis microbial treatment means this boot won’t offend your date when you move on to hot toddies and a cozy fire.
  • The natural wool fleece footbed provides comfort and naturally pulls moisture away from your foot. .
  • QForm Comfort EVA midsole uses stride specific conditioning (dense foam in the outer edges with an air cushion below the heel) to keep your foot in a neutral position throughout your stride and to reduce fatigue.
  • Two-inch heel (size 7), fleece cuff detail, and suede, nubuck, and softshell upper combine sporty and ski-town style
  • Merrell Opti-Warm insulation boosts warmth
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Love love love

    These boots are fantastic. They are warm, stylish (confirmed by multiple compliments) and oh so comfortable, as I have come to expect from Merrell. There is none of this "I just have to wear them in" business with merrell - their shoes are awesome from the moment you put them on. I am sure they will last for ages as all merrell shoes are top quality.

    Ordered my usual size 10 and they fitted perfectly, even with thick wool socks. I found the fit in the leg just fine, even with my jeans tucked into them. They were heavenly to put on after a long day on the slopes in ski boots!

    Get them, you won't regret it!

    Awesome boot, but very narrow calf

      I loved this boot, but the calf was just way too narrow for me, so I had to return. It is very comfortable in the footbed, as you would expect from Merrell. And, it is really stylish. Awesome boot for those lucky women with very thin calves.

      Love These Boots!!!

        I have nerve damage to my feet, primarily the soles. It is beyond hard for me to find any comfortable shoes or boots. I bought a pair of Merrell Encore Breeze 2 this summer and was amazed that I could actually wear them without pain. When the boots came out, built on the same specs, I had to have a pair. They wonderful. I wear a 7.5 in the Encore Breeze 2 but bought an 8 so I could have room for a thin sock. Perhaps they are just built a half size smaller. Have no idea.

        They have wonderful cushion comfort both inside and out. I would not say they have excellent arch support but I don't need it. I am so happy Merrell made these boots. They are very stylish as well.

        Only problem was the first pair had a zipper issue. The zipper was not sewn in properly and rubbed on the side of my foot. Backcountry has excellent customer service and I returned my pair as they sent out another and it was made correctly. Thumbs Up for that!!!

        (If you do need arch support I would suggest the Teva Vero WP boots that Backcountry sells.)

        saved me from wiping out!

          these boots are not only great looking, they are also super warm and have great traction. one day i took my ski boots off and my feet were so frozen i could barely walk. i put the apexes on and the sticky rubber outsole saved me from falling on my face in front of the entire lodge!!

          How do these boots do in slippery conditions?...

          How do these boots do in slippery conditions? They don't appear to have much in the way of treads...


          The Merrell Encore Apex Boot is intended as a winter boot, but I have to agree with you that, whatever the merits of the Merrell Encore 2/sticky rubber, the tread does not look aggressive enough for really icy conditions. If you are looking for a warm but fashionable winter boot with solid tread I would recommend looking at boots from Sorel, Pajar, and TNF. All three of those brands make a good selection of boots with all of those qualities. Pajar even has boots with retractable studs in the soles of some models.

          Hi. I have a pretty wide calf how wide is...

          Hi. I have a pretty wide calf how wide is the top of this boot in circumference also do you know if the yarra model is much shorter in length that may be a better one for me to buy since I have the wider calf thanks

          I wear a 6.5 normally. Should I buy that...

          I wear a 6.5 normally. Should I buy that size or go up a size to 7?