Merrell Barefoot Trail Glove Review

Now, for those of you who don’t know me very well or haven’t read much of what I’ve written let me start with this: I am a huge believer in the idea of “caveman” training and the focus on modeling our lives after our long lost ancestors. After I read the book Born to Run by Christopher McDougall, a fantastic book by the way, I decided to start implementing more ideas behind the barefoot revolution in my daily life and I couldn’t be happier.

I started with a pair of Vibram FiveFingers a few years back and while I still wear my FiveFingers daily, I understand that not everybody wants to go out in public with weird glove-looking things on their feet. So, I went out and purchased a pair of Merrell’s Barefoot Trail Glove and I absolutely love them. The Barefoot Trail Glove is, as it sounds by the name, Merrell’s emergence into the world of barefoot training with a simple yet very effective shoe.

Merrell Barefoot Trail Glove review

These shoes are by far the lightest shoes I have ever put on my feet, the website claims 6.2 oz per shoe. Sandals, slippers, flip flops, light running shoes, Vibram FiveFingers, nothing compares to how light these shoes are. Sometimes I have to look down to make sure I have shoes on because it feels like you’re just wearing socks. I am convinced that their comfort has something to do with the lightness because these also just so happen to be the most comfortable shoes that I have ever worn as well. The shoe has a big front section so your toes aren’t crammed together and the rubber on the bottom allows all the positives of barefoot training without having to watch where you step all day so you don’t put a piece of glass through your foot.

I may be offending many style enthusiasts when I let you in on my secret but I use these shoes to do everything, including going out for a night on the town. Playing football, rock climbing, running, hiking, weight lifting, muay thai practice? You guessed it, I’ll have my Trail Glove’s on. Merrell’s Barefoot shoe isn’t just relegated to crazy barefoot training; from high energy output activities to just hanging out by the fire, this shoe outperforms nearly every other shoe out there. If you go out and purchase these shoes and decide to wear them day in and out as I do, just remember your body is going to need an opportunity to adjust back to its barefoot roots. You are probably going to be sore for a little while so don’t blame that on the shoe.

Merrell Barefoot Trail Glove Review

As I stated before, Merrell’s Barefoot Trail Glove allow you to retain the superior design of the human foot without forcing you to feel a little funny when you walk around with them in public. I happen to be one of those people who believes in the “function over form” idea when it comes to clothing so you wouldn’t be too far off to guess that I don’t get complimented on my stylish apparel all that often. Well believe it or not, I have gotten compliments wearing these Merrells in some of the most unexpected places: Men’s Warehouse, Home Depot, a club (don’t worry folks I was only picking a friend up, I wasn’t partaking in any club activities). If I’m getting compliments on my footwear then you know that it is a good looking shoe. My only regret with these shoes is that I generally prefer my footwear to be simple colors like all black but the particular store I bought mine at only had red/black or grey/yellow options so I went the less drastic red/black option. You can rest assured when I buy my next pair, and I will be buying a second pair, I will be purchasing the all black version.

Disclaimer: these Merrell Barefoot Trail Glove shoes were a personal purchase. I was not paid to write this review and all opinions are my own.

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  1. Alita Alexander says:

    They look a bit ‘strange’ but that too entices me to want to try them! Your Blog post here really does encourage me to check into them further! I recently saw something about yogatoes, have never heard of them before; but I wonder if these are also improving your step/lower back by wearing them as they appear to be separating your toes like the yogatoes do..?
    Thanks for posting, very cool!

  2. Thanks for the review, do you think thorns would poke through the sole and into your foot?

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