Comment from: Euan Nyguist [Visitor]
Euan Nyguist

I have a pair of the trail gloves. IT seems, upon reading your review and looking at the photos, that these road gloves have the same problems as the trail gloves. For example: for someone's foot who is used to going barefoot on a regular basis, the toe box is far to small at the pinky toe and the big toe, the shoe itself is far to narrow, and the toe area lifts off the ground (which creates a very unnatural effect.) All of these things prohibit anything remotely close to a barefoot feel. Honestly, I think that the Merrel line is on the right path but they should make a shoe that does not restrict the foot. I think Vibrams and Huarache sandals are the best at this.

01/09/12 @ 13:49
Comment from: admin [Member]  

@Euan,

I'm not sure how you can draw all of these conclusions based on the photos. I'm wearing my Road Gloves at the moment and can stretch my pinky toe all the way out — I have to in order to touch the sidewall. As far as being too narrow, there's a balance to be struck with any shoe in either being wide across the platform and letting the foot float within the cavern of the shoe (I think VIVOs frequently take this approach, and my foot never feels fully seated in many of their shoes). As for the toe spring, my toes aren't flat on the floor all the time -- even when I'm standing they only touch the ground as needed for stability. This is just me, of course, but I've just never had an issue with "toe spring" in Merrells.

Anyway, just as any shoe isn't barefoot (including huaraches and Vibrams), I do agree with you that VFFs and huaraches are much more barefoot feeling than Merrells. But amongst the "barefoot" shoes like Merrells and New Balances, these are on par if not better than many options out there. I think they're more barefoot than the Trail Gloves and the NB Minimus Trails, just to name a couple.

01/09/12 @ 14:02
Comment from: Euan Nyguist [Visitor]
Euan Nyguist

Yeah I see what your saying. But I wasn't taking all of that from looking at the pictures, I was looking at how my trail gloves fit and feel, hoping that the problem I found would be fixed, and saw some of the same problems in the trail gloves. And your right there is no possible way for me to be sure that these are as narrow as the trail gloves, (I had a very narrow foot before barefooting and they would have fit me fine then) but my trail gloves are narrow and everyone I've talked to who owns a pair also say they are very narrow. That's great that the toe spring hasn't bothered you! But for me, my toes aren't naturally suspended off the ground. My weight is on the balls of my feet but my toes still rest on the ground. The trail gloves bothered me that my toes were lifted up, even if I wanted them down. About toe splay, when I started going barefoot, as well as my foot getting alot wider, my toes splayed to the point of being slightly wider than my mid-foot or equal to it. My trail gloves, as well as these road gloves (upon looking at the pictures), get narrower from the mid-foot on. So not only are they not allowing toe splay for me, but they're actually pushing my toes inward. Maybe I just have weird feet. :)

01/09/12 @ 14:59
Comment from: Seth [Visitor]  
Seth

First, congrats on the new addition Justin!

Second, I really enjoy running in my NB Minimus Roads and wore them to work so much I bought the Stem shoes last week to have a less athletic, more work-appropriate option available.

That being said, I'm looking for another shoe to add to my stable (who isn't) even though I bought a pair of Brooks PureFlow over Thanksgiving.

01/09/12 @ 16:14
Comment from: Matthew Goh [Visitor]
Matthew Goh

@Seth - pls to have your feedback on the Stems. Just bought mine and can't wait...:)

01/09/12 @ 23:47
Comment from: CITIZEN1 [Visitor]
CITIZEN1

ALL I SEE IS THE WORD: "MERREL" ALL
OVER THE PLACE.

guess i could have read that branding from outer space. hey merel guys, it's never too late to repent.
come up with a sleek grphical logo
instead of that oversized text.
i mean, you should give us the shoes for free just for being your
"walking ad".
just my humble thought.

01/10/12 @ 00:27
Comment from: Yeti [Visitor]
Yeti

I like a lot the trail gloves, but for roads I found the plate to be a bit uncomfortable, leading to a bit hard landing of the foot. I guess the absence of a rock plate is nice for that. On the other hand, I love the shape, fit and upper of the trail glove so this should be good too.

I just received a pair of Merrell Mix Master... a different shoe but nice also.

01/10/12 @ 10:41
Comment from: Max [Visitor]
Max

Congrats on the little one. We're expecting our 2nd son on March 12th, so I know time is getting limited.

How are the Road Gloves for snow/ice/cold? I love winter running and I assume that we'll actually get snow up here in NY state sometime this winter. I haven't been a fan of the VFF's in cold weather without socks. Do you have to go socked in the Merrells?

01/10/12 @ 13:37
Comment from: asle [Visitor]
asle

I also have the Trail Glove but after I got the STEM shoes I have done quite a bit of winter running in them. I also need a much wider toebox after barefoot running, meaning I feel the Trail Glove is too narow for me now. The STEM shoes let me really feel comfy and i can put a thin wool sock in them and run in the snow. I might just wear out my STEM shoes before the snow goes! No, they surprise me not wearing much on the sole. I also run with "Correct Toes" and I think the combination STEM and "Correct Toes" are fixing my flat forefeet. Jason you are making us emtpy our pockets for all the cool shoes you are tempting us with :-)

01/10/12 @ 17:21
Comment from: louis [Visitor]
louis

My question is that I have tried to fit the 2011 merrell barefoot running shoes on,and i struggle to get my foot in. My foot is very wide across my toes, and i have a high arch. Im a neutral runner, I have been running with my vibram 5 fingers KSO trail shoes and stubbed my little toe so am considering a box type running shoe hence the reason for looking at merrell.Im in Auckland , New Zealand and want to find out if you know whether the merrell barefoot road glove that you reviewed comes in a wide toe box and high arch?Ive read your review on this shoe - thanks! Louis

01/11/12 @ 01:00
Comment from: Shanna [Visitor]  
Shanna

I've looked all over Google and the Merrell site for the answer without luck so maybe you can confirm my question...are these ONLY available for men?

Also...how do you feel about these compared to Vibrams? I've been in VFFs for almost 3 years now and I'm curious about a minimalist shoe...

Thanks for a great site and up-to-date reviews!

01/11/12 @ 19:36
Comment from: Kelvin [Visitor]
Kelvin

do they fit like normal shoes or do they fit like the VFFs?

01/19/12 @ 06:50
Comment from: Rich [Visitor]
Rich

@Shanna - the women's is called the Dash Glove

I just ordered the road glove, and I'm hopeful. The Trail Glove never fit me quite right, but the less "locked in" feeling of these might fix the issue I had. If not, there's always the minimus zero soon...

02/01/12 @ 14:52
Comment from: Jack C. [Visitor]
Jack C.

Hey, this is my first time posting here and I am trying to get back into barefoot running. I I tried about a year ago with the purchase of some kso's but stopped due to breaking my toe on a heavy bag, but it is now well healed. I digress, I recently tried to put back on my kso's and due to my formerly broken Morton's toe(yeah that toe is a real ass), they are cause a slight jamming when I run. So Finally to my damn Question, I want to get a new pair of minimalist shoes. Just so that you know, I usually box 6-7 days a week and run 5k per day for road work. Right now I use a traditional running shoe and I am feeling a pain in my knee when I run... I'm 19, that shouldn't happen. So Is this merrell the all around shoe I'm Looking for, Will I be able to do my road work, boxing, martial arts, and maybe a little running off the beaten path in this merrell? or am I better of going with a larger pair of KSO's?

03/01/12 @ 23:21
Comment from: Jack C. [Visitor]
Jack C.

Sorry for posting again. Also lifting. I would be lifting as well. Nothing crazy just some squats, deadlifts and the like every now and then. Would the merrells also be acceptable for that?

03/01/12 @ 23:46
Comment from: admin [Member]  

They're great for lifting Jack -- I used them often for that specific purpose.

I think they would work for what you're after with your training -- different from the FiveFingers, of course, being a traditionally single-box shoe rather than toe shoes, but maybe that's what you need in this instance.

03/02/12 @ 09:29
Comment from: Alex Stanciu [Visitor]
Alex Stanciu

I've been using a pair of Trail Gloves for a couple of months already, but mostly indoors on the mil, because of the weather outside. Now I start the preparation for a 20K and I want to go outside on the road.

Do you think I could go on with the Trail Gloves? Or should I buy the Road Gloves? Thanks!

03/09/12 @ 11:00
Comment from: Bob [Visitor]
Bob

Have you reviewed or tried Merrell True Glove Cross-Training Shoes? If so what are your thoughts?

http://www.rei.com/product/810574/merrell-true-glove-cross-training-shoes-mens

05/03/12 @ 18:28
Comment from: admin [Member]  

@Bob,

Never reviewed the True Gloves but I do have a pair. They seem to fit through the midfoot a little better than the Trail Gloves (same sole) but everyone I know who has tried them (including me) has experienced annoying rubbing at the Achilles. I'm on the fence on the fabric they used for the upper, too.

05/03/12 @ 21:33
Comment from: Stacy [Visitor]
Stacy

I tried the Dash Glove (the women's version of these) and wanted to love them but just couldn't.
They feel VERY narrow to me. Wide sizes are available at the Merrell online store, but I couldn't find anywhere local that carried the wides to try on for size, including REI.
Most critically, the Dash Glove has a strange gathered area at the back of the heel. This spot bites into my heel just walking around the store. The men's version doesn't have this, so I'm hoping the next year's women's version will get rid of it.

05/13/12 @ 23:32
Comment from: gina [Visitor]
gina

I too feel that women's merrell brand is too narrow and I can't buy them. I was really surprised because they are supposed to be a barefoot brand and yet they really don't allow enough toe room. My pinky toes get squashed in them and going up a size doesn't help. They end up being way too big and floppy while at the same time still sqishing your pinky toe. They have this weird slope at the top of the shoe as if meant for women who have their pinky toes about a full inch below the top of the big toe. Last time I checked few women have such a steep slope at their toes. It's a shame because I think Merrell has the most attractive looking barefoot shoes out there, but they're the only brand I can't wear.

05/14/12 @ 06:54
Comment from: Stacy [Visitor]
Stacy

Gina-
I ended up with the Merrell Bare Access, after trying on several other shoes and brands of shoes. They fit differently than the Merrell Dash. Even though they are advertised as fitting the same, they don't feel as narrow or cramped to me and my toes have plenty of room to move around. The back of the shoe is also more like a regular tennis shoe instead of the gathered area that hurt my heel in the Dash.
I'm not crazy about the extra cushion on the outside, but I'll accept that for something that has 0 drop, fits, and doesn't give me blisters.

05/14/12 @ 12:50
Comment from: john [Visitor]  
john

Justin
Have you seen the Barefoot Flux Glove? I just saw them on the Merrell website and cant find any reviews ets on them. I love the trail glove and have had them over a year and have been leening towards the road glove until i saw these.

It looks like a mix between the road glove and the trail glove and incorporates the pancake flat sole of the road glove with the upper and lacing system of the trail. Please let me know if you have any info and what your impressions are. Youre blogs awesome
-John

05/15/12 @ 13:58
Comment from: john [Visitor]  
john

justin heres the link for the flux glove:
http://www.merrell.com/US/en-US/Product.mvc.aspx/28978M/0/Mens/Barefoot-Train-Flux-Glove-Sport?dimensions=0

05/15/12 @ 14:00
Comment from: Tracy [Visitor]
Tracy

What is the best minimalist trail running shoe for women that is not a VFF? I love my VFF Bikilas for road, but I've had so many toe injuries in my Spirodon LS VFFS that I cannot wear them anymore on trails. I need solid toe protection. Is that possible in a minimalist trail running shoe?
If so, which one?

07/13/12 @ 02:23
Comment from: Adam [Visitor]
Adam

I have loved my Vibram classics but after two years I felt they were just too brutal on any runs over 2 miles (skin peeling, hot spots). No other Vibram model seemed to fit my foot well (wide with high arches). The Merrell Road Glove won on fit and function (over NB Minimums and Brooks Connect). I wore them around the house for a day then went on my first run this morning and had an easy 3.2 miles with almost 2 minutes shaved off my previous run. No peeling, no blisters. They feel great. BIG WIN.

08/14/12 @ 13:08
Comment from: Jane Jennings [Visitor]
Jane Jennings

They fit women!
I came across the Road Gloves at a store today, while shopping for barefoot running shoes. They were in the men's section, but I tried them on anyway, and they are perfect for me in an 8.5, which is my size in women's shoes. Amazingly, these fit my heel without slipping, feel comfortably snug, but have lots of toe space. Every other running shoe I try slips in the heel, and /or is too restrictive in the toes. It is a relief to find a good neutral heel shoe !

10/03/12 @ 13:05
Comment from: Cristin [Visitor]  
Cristin

Hi! Cristin from South Africa.. I have been running with Vibram 5 fingers for just over a year and love them.. they are perfect on 5-21km's but I am training for a marathon next month and feel I might need some more cussioning as my shins are hurting and I am nervous that I might get stress fractures as I plan to build up the milage over the last 6 weeks.. can you all please advise if you have done marathons/ultras..

01/21/13 @ 08:18