jkastar2357618 wrote a review of Merrell Trail Glove Shoe - Men's on February 12, 2014
Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs large
I bought these shoes in an effort to strengthen my feet and slowly convert my form to alleviate knee pain. These shoes will put you on your forefoot, which is what I wanted. I mostly used about equally on trails and pavement, but they are more comfy on trail, that's for sure. I also really like them for hiking, as they give me a real nimble feel.
After considering wearing a cushier shoe for a 24 mile trail/mountain race in Alaska, I decided these would be better, as I had done all my training in them. After creek/river crossings they dried quickly, and after 24 mile race I had no foot pain. Improved running form (short stride, minimal-to-no heal strike) and these shoes meant no knee pain also.
Bottom line, I tried the Vibrams and didn't like the feel, and I got blisters. The Merrells were comfier with the roomy toe box, but still provided that minimalist feel. Many people go sock less, but because debris can wind up in your shoe (causing blister over time), I usually wore thin socks and they were fine.
I wore 1/2 size smaller than usual. The soles last well, but the upper near the arch may tear after 200-300 miles or so, depending on what type of running you're doing, but despite the tear, they are still runnable for some time.