Took a chance and won!
I have done lots of research on running shoes for I have bought really bad pairs of shoes in the past. I hate the colors of running shoes too. Why do I need my shoes to have bling. I don't need people to notice me when running. Why aren't there more plain colored shoes?
Merrell brand shoes have always had my curiosity though I had never pulled the trigger. Plus the brand has always been out of my price range. There is nothing worse than spending upwards of $100 on shoes that give you blisters
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after 4 miles. These were on clearance for $90, so I took the gamble. I consider myself a distance runner due to the fact that I run about 40 miles plus per week keeping individual runs around 10 - 12 miles. When marathon training, I run longer weekend runs of 15-20 miles. With that said, I haven't had a lot of time to test these at distances over 10 miles yet, but they are great at least up to that range.
When I first got them they worried me. I ordered a size 12 US, about .5 higher than I am used to because they didn't have 11.5 US. Just looking at them made me wonder how they would feel after a few miles. I purchased due to the great reviews and needing a new pair of shoes to break in before my next marathon. Merrell makes a shoe different than any other pair of shoes on the market and I mean from the sole up. They look like a pair of clown shoes due to the shape and size of the fore foot area. When you first put them on, they are snug in then arch and heel area and really loose in the palm and toe region. This makes you wonder even more due to them looking so flat on the soles. I have never ran with shoes that give
you so much freedom in the toe and palm area and was worried how they would feel at longer distances.
My concerns soon diminished after running the first time. They certainly felt different than the old shoe I had put 600 miles on, but felt good none the less. The bigger size worked out very well. This may be the reason I thought they were so big. However, it worked out well. They seem to run a little flat footed, but I think that is due to my running style. I run on the mid-foot and switch to palms on the inclines and uneven terrain. When running on the palms, they feel more natural than any other pair of shoes I have worn. The room in the toe/palm area felt very comforting. The snug heel was also comfortable. I think the arch could be a little better, but the snug fit keeps them nice a tight against your foot. I felt no discomfort after 10 miles.
Long story short, these shoes surprised me. I look forward to testing them at 20 mile+ distances. For those of you used to the standard running shoe and looking for something new, give these an chance. They are working for me.
Decent colors available
Snug in the right areas, Arch, Heel
Lots of room in the palm/toe region
Comfortable after 10 miles
Surprisingly nice traction
Could be better in the arch, but has not affected any run yet
Runs a little flat footed for those mid-foot runners
Only time will tell how these hold up.