Top critical review
8 people found this helpful
A fantastic present for somebody you hate
on 2 May 2017
I've always loved Merrell's shoes for hiking and tramping. I've got a three year-old pair that have been over mountains, volcanoes, beaches and forests, and they've been brilliant. So when I was looking for some trainers for the city, I thought these would be a safe bet.
Wrong. These are the most uncomfortable shoes I have ever worn. They've been discarded to the back of the wardrobe after three weeks. "Uncomfortable" doesn't quite cover it; these instruments of torture are painful to use. Left foot is fine, but ever since I first put them on, they have crushed the base of my right big toe with every step. This has got no better, and if anything is getting worse. My foot still hurts now, five days since I last wore these hateful creations. I've never had this problem with any shoes, and I'm wearing the size I've always worn for Merrell with no previous dramas. They make me want to drop a grand piano on my foot for some blessed relief.
In short, these weapons of foot destruction are a good purchase only if:
a) you've always wondered what gout feels like, or
b) they're a present for somebody who has wronged you in a particularly heinous way.
Otherwise, avoid. I'm giving them one star begrudgingly, as there doesn't seem to be a "zero stars" option.