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Pull on the Merrell Women's Pace Glove Shoe for a barefoot running experience. This shoe's close fit, light internal support, and minimalist design encourage your foot to find its natural landing position (perhaps midfoot rather than heel) for less impact and a more efficient and aligned stride. Welcome to The Barefoot Collection.

  • Large toebox allows your toes the opportunity to move around, thus reducing muscle cramping when you run long distances
  • DWR-treated synthetic leather and air mesh upper fits like an extension of your foot
  • Omni-Fit lacing is secured with welded TPU to deliver a precise fit that is easily adjustable
  • Fused rubber toe provides protection and durability from sticks and stones
  • Vibram Trail Glove Sole for superior traction on rocky, wet, and uneven surfaces
  • 1mm forefoot shock-absorption plate distributes pressure while maintaining forefoot flexibility
  • 4mm compression-molded EVA midsole is supportive and assists in natural foot engagement
  • Non-removable microfiber footbed is treated with Aegis antimicrobial solution to resist nasty fungus and odor
  • A lightweight liner covers all of the internal seams so you can run comfortably without socks on
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  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

THESE SHOES ARE FANTASTIC! They took me through my initial transition to barefoot, which involved a lot of walking for the first several months. My very first pair lasted for about 10 months, with over 100 miles of running and countless miles of regular daily wear, before I noticed a hole wearing through the bottom of the right shoe. I wore them on trails, on pavement, walking, running, hiking, for rafting ..... I love how light they are, and I never ever had a single blister. Absolutely love them, will never go back.

Not convinced these are for trail run

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

I am a pretty avid runner- I have worn these shoes out on the trails twice and I will tell you the first trail run I ended up with a black toe as it did not provide enough support to protect my toe. I again decided to try these shoes out again on the same trail and this time discovered that not only do these not provide enough coverage on actual trails, they also do not provide adequate grip. I will not be listening to the guy at the local track and trail shoe store again.... I wouldn't say that these shoes are made for trail running.

Great shoe for all terrain!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

After a half marathon on pavement, multiple trail runs in everything from wet and muddy to dry as a bone, the verdict is in for us. These shoes are AWESOME! They are great for being around town but are also true to their clam at being fairly waterproof. The previous shoes my girlfriend had used to rub and give her hotspots if we were running in the rain or mud but the Merrell's haven't done that. The lining works great with or without socks and the Vibram sole really does prevent bruising.

The only "improvement" would be a little more durability in the seam between the rubber toe and the actual shoe. It's not bad, but after a few stubbed toes in rocky terrain, we noticed that it's starting to come apart on the right foot.

We've had these shoes about a year and they are fantastic all around.

Despite the lining, they do start to smell pretty terrible after a few good runs but they are easy to wash and dry fast.

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This is a pic of my girlfriend's running shoes. She has put them through several races and wears them basically anytime she works out. She's a trail runner, Cross-Fit'ter and just did her first half marathon. Overall, the shoes have really held up. You can see in this photo that the tread still looks good after a year of consistent usage.

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Barefoot, with some support

    This is my second pair of these shoes, which I use as short-distance jogging shoes, around-town shoes, and backpacking shoes. I've worn them with the heel up or with the heel folded down as slip-ons, and they're comfortable both ways. The top fabric is very porous so while your feet will get wet the shoes are also very easy to rinse out and dry.

    Great at Obstacle Course Races

      I bought these a year ago and love them. I have had a hard time running because of my knees and calve cramping. I heard about minimalist running, thought I would give it a try. These shoes are great. It took some getting used to but my feet and legs found their gait and the knees don't hurt anymore. Not sure others experienced this. I have worn them in 4 mud runs (Spartan Races and Dirty Girl) and they wash out clean and don't stink. They stick to the trail, grip when I need and I feel the terrain so I can place my feet proper. They don't hold mud and stay light throughout the race. I need to get a second pair so I have an additional pair to use while the other one is drying. The fit true to size and after a few uses, the laces and lacing mechanism gave a little and now the shoes fit like a glove.

      Great lightweight running shoe

        Bought these and have been very impressed with the feel of them so far. I was running in "toe shoes" before this, but I like the stability and increased sole on these for running on trails. They are comfortable, but still offer the zero-drop of barefoot shoes, which I love.

        Barefoot feeling

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        This my second pair of these and I love them. I purchased them instead of toed shoes b/c I don't like the "separated toe" feeling.They were the perfect choice for that reason.I started out wearing them on the treadmill for 15 minutes and quickly worked up to 40 minutes at a go.Lots of tired calf muscles for a bit. I now wear them to all of my classes except weight training. I also wore them around town while visiting in Utah. A little bit tricky with all of the stones on my tender tooties but if you have tougher feet than I do, then"knock your socks off"!

        Great for jogging and hiking

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        Zero-drop shoes suit my feet very well, and I have been quite pleased with this pair. They are super light and perfect for either a city run or all-day hike. They had excellent grip on my most recent day hike despite wet muddy terrain and slippery rocks.

        At first, I felt that the ankle box was a little too big, but I realized that if I tied the laces tight enough, the back would tighten up as well. In the next design, I think Merrell should consider slimming and/or lowering the ankles a tad.

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        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        best shoe I ever wore, honestly. They are true to size and look fantastic. I wear them all day to work, and have been out on hikes a few times. Haven't worn them when carrying a pack, yet, but will soon. The bad thing is, now all my other shoes don't seem right. I also gave away all my heels. I will have another pair

        Yep, I love them too

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        On my 2nd pair in as many years...I'm in residency, so sometimes I don't take these off for 30hrs straight (e.g. on overnight trauma call) - feel great all night. I'd say I wear them easily 100hrs/wk and would not wear any other shoe that much. Also have held up great through hiking over rocks, falls and mud, sea kayaking, and basically anything where you would want a water shoe, or want to hike/climb mixed terrain and need to feel/grip the ground. LOVE these shoes.

        Love them!

          I had never tried a shoe like this before, but I'm thrilled with these. I did choose to wear them for short periods of time for a couple of weeks to break them in (they rubbed a bit at the back of my heel) but now they feel great. They're a perfect "everywhere" shoe, lightweight, low profile, comfortable, and they have actually helped with a problem on my left foot, allowing me to walk with less pain than in other shoes.

          Feel the Trail!!

            I really love this shoe! The first time I ran in it I was amazed; these are my first barefoot shoe and I am totally sold. The muscles you use are different so it takes a little getting used to but holy *&%^, they're fun. Great protection from sharp rocks, super light, breathable. Very nice. And Merrell is LOCAL to Utah! Wooo.

            Change of pace

              I have been running for years on my Asics. I kept having IT band issues. So, I thought I would try these, and change my running form also. I have loved them so far. But I had to start off not doing too many miles and I watched a lot of Merrell videos on their website to prevent injury. BUT, I also wear them around. All day! I love the way they feel. They are great with or with out socks. I would recommend them to all my friends!

              I have extreme foot pain and I'm looking...

              I have extreme foot pain and I'm looking for "a" shoe with the very best cushion support. I'm not a runner, but I am on my feet all day! I would reallllly appreciate any suggestions. I've tried several shoes and nothing seems to help....any suggestions?

              Thank you, Kim

              Has anyone experienced deep pain in the...

              Has anyone experienced deep pain in the IT bands after wearing these shoes for about a month?

              If you are having IT band problems, it is probably because you are heel-striking too much. That's what they told me--I started to have IT band problems after about a year--because I was heel striking. The problem is, if you are heel striking with these shoes, you will be in a lot of pain. These shoes are made for a barefoot running style.

              I so want the pace glove but I can't try...

              I so want the pace glove but I can't try them on anywhere in Adelaide. I am afraid to get the wrong size as it is really expensive to have to send them back to the US from Australia! Can someone give me a good idea about size! I have a hiking boot from Mammuth, US size 7.5.
              Over here I wear shoe size 8 to 8.5, in Europe, I'd buy shoe size 38.5 to 39. HELP!!

              Best Answer

              Hi eva3787571,
              I just bought a pair (in Perth because when I tried them on, fell in love, and there was NO way they were not leaving the shop with me) I am a size generally always a size 36 (which can be either a 5.5 or 6 Australian) and got the 36 (which is a US 6 and UK 3.5) and they fit perfectly. They have a lovely roomy toe box which is great if you have wider feet. They are a little bit awkward to put on but once they are on they are awesome. I haven't taken them on the trail yet but I think if you are going to do a lot of hills you may want to go up half a size to give your toes just a little bit of extra space on the downhill. The heel cups your foot really well so slippage should not be a problem. I'd say go through your shoes, find your most common euro size and order in that size. I am already contemplating another pair...

              I have a very wide toe box and running...

              I have a very wide toe box and running shoes typically squeeze across the toe box and were causing me severe pain (running was out of the question as I could barely walk). I switched the the VFF's in order to give my foot the room it needed. I love my VFF's but I do a lot of sprinting and now have a nearly ruptured achilles tendon. I don't think it is going to help but my doc wants me in a "regular" shoe for support. So long story short, how is the toe box width in these and the arch support? Thanks!