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I bought the Merrell Kick in Seal Gray well over a year ago to replace another pair of Merrell shoes which had gradually worn down after years of non-stop use.
There is a good reason why I have bought yet another pair of Merrell shoes and am fairly confident that I will come back to buy yet more to replace my current pair. These shoes are not the most stylish or particularly fancy. They are not suitable for work or any formal wear and you will not be let into nice restaurants or fancy clubs wearing these.
They are, however, extremely comfortable and unbelievably durable. Unlike any other shoes I have tried in the past, these shoes will not disintegrate and wear away over a matter of months. Using these shoes on a daily basis, I really get a huge amount of value out of them over the years that these last before needing replacement. Comfort-wise, Merrell shoes are second to none. Having owned different Merrell models, I can confidently say that it is a mark of the brand in general that every pair you buy only ever gets more comfortable and feel like a pair of comfy slippers every time you put your feet inside.
You may find that these shoes are slightly on the more expensive side with prices in the £60-70 being typical. This money pays for itself through the quality and longevity of the product.
I have had two pairs of merrell shoes in the past few years. The 1st pair of walking shoes were great - with the exception that they had a suede cover on them. I had no idea on the best way to clean them with the result that they perished after some very wet weather outings. The newer pairs though are much better. They used to have a reputation for being small sizes but the later models are slightly larger. The suede is gone and the overall feel of the walking shoe is much sturdier. The grips are excellent and have hardly worn (compared to my karimor boots which seem visibly wear down each time I go out in them!)
On the other hand they are pretty heavy and tend to be more expensive than their competitors. I'm also not a fan of the large M that they often now put on the side of the shoes...
I love the pair of Merrell Oslo boots I bought October last year. They kept my feet dry and warm during a Halloween day out in Thorpe Park (it rained non-stop ALL day), this meant I was in a much better mood than any of my friends. I wore them to Norway a couple of weeks ago and around town and up snowy mountains there was never an issue with the toastiness or dryness of my feet. The only cons are that thay can be too warm on mild days and I had to get a size smaller than I actually am as they come up big.
I have recently returned from six months backpacking around Australia and before I went I bought what was the most expensive pair of shoes that I have ever bought- a pair of Merrel Chameleon Wrap Slam GTX walking shoes.
Being new to this I had never bought a pair before and was baffled by the amount of choice that I had, however, after reading many reviews it appeared that generally Merrell came out as one of, if not the best in making walking/hiking shoes. It was for this reason that I decided to go with them and spend big just to get it right.
I then managed to narrow it down to a few that I wanted, however, it was quite difficult to find anywhere that sells a good range, I only managed to find them in Millets and Blacks and both places only stocked certain styles.
As I was looking at spending what i consider a lot of money on shoes I wanted to ensure that they were correct, so asked at Millets and tried a few pairs on. Eventually i decided on the pair and bought them.
I have to admit that although they set me back alomst £90, they are one of my most used and better purchases and are a must for any traveller!
I think that they look really good, as you can get different colours you are bound to find a set that you like. Next, the performance; i did lots of hiking, conservation work, manual labouring and each time i wore these shoes. They are so comfortable, it feels as if you are walking on cotton wool. These particualr ones were waterproof which i felt was imperative, but I was unsure, so decided to stik my feet in the sea and to my surprise, they stayed completely dry. Lastly, they are Gore Tex, which i think is the GTX part of the title, and this means that they are breathable. I found that after wearing them for this amount of time they did smell, which isnt unexpected, but usually after a few wears my shoes would be smelling, and these were just like new.
Overall I am very pleased with these and would reccommend these to anybody. I am now looking at buying a pair of trainers from Merrell as i am so impressed!
I purchased a pair of Merrell sandals to use during a two month trip travelling in West Africa. I was tied betwen buying from Teva or Merrell but overall Merrell was better.
The sandals had straps around the back but they also had a toe post. I was surprised at just how comfortable the sandals were. They were perfect for travelling in and I barely even felt like I was wearing sandals.
I paid 49.99 which was an absolute bargain considering all the use I got out of them during the two months that I wore them.
Merrell does lots of sandals and shoes that are much more stylish than those sold by Teva and many other companies. Whilst being very practical, Merrell offer sandals that look good and make you feel nice.
I will definitely purchase from Merrell again if I am travelling. I am keen to check out there other types of shoes and if you do the same I'm sure you will be just as pleased as me.
I ordered online and the service was brilliant. They arrived quicker than I anticipated and the transaction was great.
I am now onto my fourth pair of Merrell's after owning two pairs of Men's Sprint Blast I am now onto my second pair of mens Racer. These particular shoes are a leather upper with a cushioned sole which provides excellent ware and tare and brilliant support.
I first purchased a pair of Merrell's because I was getting a lot of pain in my instep and achiles heal from wearing trainers with a low heal, my Doctor suggested a more supportive shoe and as I wanted something half fashionable I went for a pair of Merrell's. I really find it hard to fault them on their quality and ability to withstand daily ware and tare. My only gripe really is the price, depending where abouts you shop ( I found my second pair of mens Racer on Ebay for £35 normally the retail at £65). They can vary in price from £55 right upto £75 depending on which shoe you go for. Merrel first started producing shoes about 26 years ago for the outdoor footwear market and now produce everything from Hiking footwear, sandals, trail running shoes to more heavy duty boots for both Men and women. Overall I would really recommend Merrell shoes, I have found it is worth spending a little bit more for a shoe that will last.