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Merrell Trail Glove 4 Shoe - Men's

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    If the glove fits.

    When taking an early morning trail run through the desert, you want a lightweight, breathable shoe that still offers protection against pieces of cholla and prickly pear that may be lurking in your path. Merrell's Men's Trail Glove 4 Shoe offers a barefoot feel that maintains rugged sole protection against the sharp surprises of the Southwest. Minimalist construction and a gloved fit make your feet feel practically barefoot as you weave your way through saguaros and creosote, but you'll be able to keep your eyes on the sunrise instead of the sharp rocks.

    • A barefoot shoe designed for trail running
    • Upper is lightweight and breathable for all-day adventures
    • Rugged sole protects from rocks and cactus
    • Lace up for the perfect glove-like fit
    • Item #MER00GR

    Tech Specs

    Upper Material
    mesh and TPU
    breathable mesh
    Vibram TC5+
    Heel / Forefoot Height
    Claimed Weight
    [single] 8oz
    Recommended Use
    trail running
    Manufacturer Warranty
    limited lifetime

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    Awesome Shoe - I just bought my 3rd pair

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 10.5
    • Height: 6'
    • Weight: 175lbs

    These are my daily wear shoes for exercising at the gym, trail running or hiking on dry days, and just for bumming around town - I wear them a lot! I find them to be incredibly comfortable - to the point where I just kind of forget you have shoes on. The shoes are very well designed with a wide toe box, zero drop, drippy sole, overall are very light weight and they have minimal thickness under foot to allow your feet and toes to still effectively participate in gripping and pushing off while walking and running. I just bought my 3rd pair in 1.5 years. Unlike some of the other reviewers, I have never had a quality or manufacturing problem with the shoes. I am quite hard on them and they hold up quite well. With that said, I have very realistic expectations for the life of a product when I wear it as much as I do - I always buy a new pair of running shoes every 4-6 months due to how much use they see. I usually wear a 10.5 in most shoes and occasionally an 11. The 10.5 fits me great in these shoes.

    Upper wont last with even lite wear

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 11
    • Height: 6'0"
    • Weight: 180lbs

    Comfiest shoe I own, but uppers begin to tear at toe box crease with a few months, even as an urban walking and office shoe. I have had two pairs do exactly the same thing. I thought 1st time was user error because started on 1 foot. Maybe I had caught them on an edge. 2nd pair started on both uppers after 3 months. This material is faulty, and you can see on Merrel and this site with reviews and photos from people doing use reviews. Out of box reviews are great, because as I am happy to report this is comfiest shoe I own.


    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: 12
    • Height: 6'5"
    • Weight: 175lbs

    These shoes are fantastic! First pair of barefoot shoes I've gotten, and they feel great. I usually have arch pain/plantar fasciitis, and was worried that these would cause it, but they are actually some of the most comfortable runners I've ever worn. I used to have North Face Ultra Trails, and I sometimes use the Brooks Cascadia 12, but these are really the best for trail runs. Super lightweight, great grip even on rocky terrain, and comfort I would have never expected. I highly recommend these shoes!!

    Great lightweight for Trails

      Great for short-medium trails. Took them on a 3 mile loop with some jagged rocky trail on the descent. These gave me just enough protection with a minimalist feel that allowed me to move well. Definitely can’t withstand every trail, but the ones it handles it handles well.

      faulty material

      area where material is separating

      faulty material

      I have exactly the same issue. Super comfy shoe. My first pair did this and I assumed it was user error because it only happened on 1 foot. I wasn't using as an outdoor shoe. I bought another pair because I wear in the office. I really nursed that pair, and demoted the first pair to a camp shoe. Same thing is happening again after about 4 months. I couldn't imagine how quickly these uppers would wear out on back country trails.

      Zero Drop, Zero Problems.

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: 10
      • Height: 5'10"
      • Weight: 175lbs

      The Vibram soles are amazingly grippy, protective, and responsive.
      These fit really well. They contour to my foot with no hot spots whatsoever. The upper is durable, breathable and lightweight.

      just what I wanted

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: 8
      • Height: 5'6"
      • Weight: 146lbs

      I am a minimalist footwear fanatic. I train in either Vibram Five Fingers or Vivobarefoot Primus Trail depending on the routine. My 'post mid life crisis' passion is Spartan Race, and though I do have an actual trail shoe for races (Salomon S-Lab Sense) I needed a Stadium race shoe, and this looked like what I wanted (not as minimalist as my training shoes but still plenty of ground feel). These are exactly what I wanted for that purpose.

      Feels like a sock

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: 10.5
      • Height: 6'2"
      • Weight: 200lbs

      These shoes are amazing so far, they fit great and feel like you are basically running barefoot. The sole is super grippy and give a good amount of cushion.

      Some Pretty Spffy Shoes

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: 11
      • Height: 6'3"
      • Weight: 185lbs

      I bought these as an all around running/training shoe. And so far, I'm loving them. They fit just life a glove and allow me to feel every thing below my feet. The tread is great, haven't slipped and ever step is stable. Highly recommend for those looking for a minimalist running shoe.