Merrell TRAIL GLOVE 2 Outdoor Fitness Shoes Mens multi-coloured Mehrfarbig (BLACK/TANGA) Size: 16 (50 EU)
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- Microfibre AirMesh Upper - For superior breathability, granting your feet improved comfort through cooled aerated mesh.
- *Updated* Omni-Fit - The extended eyelets work with a new synthetic overlay structure helps to enhance an already superb fit, cradling the foot perfectly for great, secure fitting with great flexibility.
- Outer Material: Synthetic
- Sole: rubber ,ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA)
- Shoe Width: D
- Fused Toe Rubber Bumper - For added protection and durability.
- Synthetic Leather Sling - Rearfoot sling provides great stability, taking away bulky internal components and leaving you with a stable and secure ride.
- Flex Plate - Forefoot plate enhances protection and flexibility. It gives the forefoot more room for manoeuvre whilst granting added protection from sharp objects.
The Merrell Trail Glove 2 Running Shoes are a functional, form fitting barefoot experience which offers brilliant performance across the terrain. Featuring a Vibram outsole for outstanding durability and a lug formation which encourages grip and improved linear movement with adaptable flexibility. The upper features minor changes with the extended eyelets working with a new synthetic overlay structure, helping to enhance an already superb fit, cradling the foot perfectly for great, secure fitting with great flexibility.
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I was pretty upset about wearing a hole through such an expensive shoe, especially so quickly. That was the major reason why I held off on buying the Trail Glove 2 for six months. I tried wearing a european shoe I had that was somewhat minimalist for most of my non-athletic activities. I still used my Trail Glove 1 for going to the gym (to lift weights mostly). But with spring coming, I felt that I was going to want to run outside again, and moreover I was really missing the feel of the barefoot shoe in my day-to-day.
So I buckled, and decided to buy the TG2, and after about a month of use I couldn't really be happier with the shoe. It's pretty much everything the TG1 was, with some improvements.
Namely, the TG2 is much more comfortable to wear without a sock than the TG1 was. The TG1 had some interior seams that rubbed and irritated the skin. The TG2 has some seams, and they irritated me the first day. I'm not sure if my feet just got used to it, or if the seams just got worn down a bit from frequent use, but now I can wear the shoes barefoot without any complaints.
Another thing is they have done a pretty good job and making the shoes less smelly. I bought my TG1 shoes along with a friend of mine, and I quickly gave up wearing them without a sock because they quickly started to stink. My friend however, stuck with no-socks, and her shoes smell terrible. Now, I wear about 50/50 sock and no-sock, but the shoes still smell fresh and nice. Even if they eventually start to smell (which they surely will) I can live with throwing the shoes into the washer every month or so. With the TG1 I would have had to do weekly, maybe even daily, washes to keep them smelling alright.
I think part of the improvement with the smell is that the shoes breathe a lot better now, and so your feet sweat less. I do make sure to wear a sock when I run though, so keep that in mind.
Overall, if you liked your TG1, you'll probably love your TG2. My only hope if that these last longer than my TG1s, if they wear out prematurely I'll update my review.
It appears to me that in an effort to make these look more like "regular" shoes, Merrell narrowed the toe box just a bit. They succeeded; the TG2 has lost most of the odd look that a lot of zero-drop shoes have - or is it regular shoes that look odd and these look like them... Unfortunately, if you've got anything other than a narrow foot you're going to find these to be a bit tight in the toe box. Particularly, it's the width that is the issue - I don't like pressure on the sides of my feet and these squeeze me a bit. To be honest, while the very front of the shoe is also a bit narrower, I can't tell if my toes are getting squeezed because of the pressure on the sides of my feet. I just can't get past it.
Otherwise, these also have a stiffer sole than the TG1 and other zero-drop shoes. This is probably a good thing for those who run on very rough terrain, but with this shoe you're going to lose the awesome flexibility that comes with the TG1 and others, and you'll also loose a lot of the feel. Quite frankly, I don't feel like I'm "barefoot" in these. I feel like I've got shoes on.
I will say that both of these issues seem to disappear for me when I'm walking around. After a couple of miles of walking in them, they're actually pretty nice while you're on the move - my issues with these shoes seem to come up when I'm either sitting or moving around an office or short walks.
So - if you've got wide feet (or even slightly wider than average), or if you're not a runner on rough terrain, these are going to lose a lot of the benefits (to me) of having "barefoot" shoes. For me, they're a three-star shoe and I'll be ordering some more TG1s. But, I can easily see these being a five-star shoe for others.
No issues with or without socks so far (IE: no blisters / raw spots / smell / etc). Transition from my hiking boots to these was easy, no ankle support issues or aches in my legs which I was told to expect at the beginning.
These seem to have helped my posture when walking, doesn't feel like a lean forward as much.
Already looking forward to purchasing a second pair since I like these so much.