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Low to the ground, light, and stable, the minimalist Merrell Men's Proterra Sport Hiking Shoe gives your fast feet sure-footed flight. Breathable mesh upper, bomber construction, and a sticky-rubber sole provide the essentials for no-nonsense backcountry ascents. You'll be surprised how far you go.

  • Stratafuse technology injects the supportive foot cage directly into the mesh upper to shave weight, enhance durability, and offer a glove-like fit
  • Reversed, diamond-cut 2.5mm lugs and Proterra sticky rubber sole give your foot death-grip on slick surfaces
  • Bellows tongue seals out dirt and debris
  • Removable and durable EVA footbed provides all-day support and comfort
  • Aegis-treatment in mesh upper and footbed fights odor-causing bacteria for fresh feet
  • Minimal-design PU midsole increases sensitivity to the terrain for natural movement and stability
  • Molded TPU arch shank gives tons of durable support for marathon hikes and shoe longevity
  • Profile: 4mm drop, 10mm cushioning, and 21mm stack height
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Minimalist hikers

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:True to size

I have been walking the earth in the Proterra Sport shoes for two months now, both on and off the trail, and found them to be comfortable and well-suited for outdoor adventure. I primarily work outdoors, and hauled them on miles of mountain trails, both dry and muddy, and came away impressed with the breathability and waterproof qualities. They are pretty light weight and super flexible, definitely minimalist.

On muddy trails, I found good traction, but mud had a tendency to get caked up in the diamond-shaped lugs, which generally was not a problem as the shallow lugs are easy to clean. Stability underfoot is good with superb ground feel. Unfortunately, minimalist shoes have limits, as my feet would start to hurt after about 6 miles on the trail. So in my opinion, the Proterra shoes are best for short day hikes. Best leave them at home on backpacking or multi day excursions.

The uppers are super comfortable, with a thin quality that reminds me of rock climbing approach shoes. The tongue especially has a climbing shoe quality to it. But the fact that the uppers are waterproof with Gore-Tex Performance Shell does not mean you should be crossing creeks or hiking in a deluge.

Overall, good light hikers for mild weather days.

Minimalist hikers

Great shoe, but flawed

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:True to size

I loved the fit of this shoe. Perfect and lightweight. Dries very quickly. However, the fabric on the top of the shoe developed holes on the side in less that 100 miles of use. Otherwise, this would have been the perfect shoe for any use.

Full Size Down

  • Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit:Runs large

I bought these shoes as the Merrell website recommends, at my street shoe size. I was swimming in a 10 and would have went a half size down when I returned however I happened to swing by a retail store and try one a pair of the zero drop Merrell trail runners. I found the 9 to fit perfect in the zero drops so when I returned my shoes I went with a 9. With the big toe box and fit a full size down fit me. These are pretty good shoes, I bought them more as a casual shoe but am interested in seeing how they fare on the trail as well for summer hiking. So far I am satisfied with look/feel.

Great shoe but runs large

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times
  • Fit:Runs large

Purchased the size 14 and the shoe was really to long and too boxy in the toe area, I typically wear 14 in athletic shoes. Backcountry is so great with returns I simply returned it and got the size 13's. Perfect fit and super comfortable lining and grippy sole.

For the most part I like them

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times

I love how light the shoe is. Great for fast hikes. They breath well and are comfortable. Sometimes my heels slips which kinda bothers me. Very grippy when the sole is dry. I gotta be honest though, I went scrambling next to a waterfall on granite rock and the bottoms of the shoe were very slippery when wet. They have very great grip on trails and dry rock but can be slippery when wet.

These Are Awesome!

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit:Runs large

I can't say enough about these shoes. Normally, I wear a heavier hiking shoe (Merrill Moab), but a friend recommended that I try these out for my hikes in warmer climates. They are extremely light, and they breathe extremely well. They dried out quickly when I hiked through mud/water. I was a little nervous about the sole once it got wet, but it held up great. For a barefoot-focused shoe, these are the best I've found. The only downside, if you can call it that, is that they seemed to run a bit large. I normally wear a size 8 and had to go to a 7.5. That might be because of the wide toe-bed that minimalist shoes have. I wore these almost right out of the box with very little break-in time and they fit perfectly. I would definitely recommend these to everyone!

great shoes

    suffering recently from morton's neuroma...after trying on a number of shoes from salmon, and even traditional merrells, i tried these after they were released and am very happy...they're a roomy size so accomodate my orthotics perfectly..and with a roomy toebox my morton's neuroma no longer acts up (thanks too to the orthotics of course)....just wish the sole didn't wear down as quickly as it does (hence 4 not 5 stars) which i've also sent to the merrell product development team (however i am 200 lb so am sure that makes a difference in sole wear)

    thank you for this review! i just purchased these shoes for my husband who is suffering from what doctor's have diagnosed as plantar facitis however after reading your review and googling morton's neuroma his symptoms are completely aligned with that condition. THANK YOU for providing the missing piece! hope these shoes work for him!

    Love the Proterra!

      Just took my first venture in the Proterra. Thoroughly impressed by this offering from Merrell. I've only spent a few days rallying around with these bad boys, so this is pretty much a first impression. Well thought out design, easy to lace up, toe box is large, making it a comfy shoe to hike around trails and hang around camp in. The shoe performed awesome, super breathable, great grip on a variety of surfaces, and my feet were happy the entire time. Give these a try, I'm looking forward to the years ahead in the Proterra!

      Love the Proterra!

      My feet are pleased.

        Bought these to replace some worn out Nike ACG trail runners. Expected them to just be adequate but was surprised to find they're quite excellent. They're fairly simple shoes, which I appreciate (I'm tired of all the flashy super high-tech-looking hiking shoes out there nowadays) and wearing them is a joy because you barely feel them. I tried them out on a rough, rocky trail and not once did my feet feel any discomfort. In fact, I like these so much I'm considering purchasing the Mid-Sport version as well (If only Merrell would release these in more varied colorways). Also, they're very breathable (which means they let water in easily if you trudge through a lot of watery trail, but the mesh also allows them to dry out quickly). If you're looking for a good simple shoe to hit the trail in, these will satisfy you.

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        Can anyone comment on how the soles hold...

        Can anyone comment on how the soles hold up with everyday use (in other words, walking on pavement)? I am considering buying a pair for a light hiker/approach shoe but would also likely wear them everyday too. I've had both the trail gloves and the road gloves and the rubber on the trail gloves was much softer and thus wore very quickly on pavement, how does the rubber on these compare to that of the other models?

        Looking for a stiffer-soled shoe to...

        Looking for a stiffer-soled shoe to cycle-commute with. Are these shoes very flexible?