More about my Merrells (yes, I’m still running!)

Someone asked for more details about my Merrell Pace Glove ‘barefoot’ shoes. I’ve tried them barefoot but don’t love the sweaty feeling, so I prefer to wear them with thin socks.  They are form-fitting enough that there’s not enough room for thick socks, and I like to lace them loose for the most flexibility on my feet. The size is close to right, but when I need another pair, I am definitely going to try a half size larger to see if I like the increase in wiggle room.

They have Vibram soles which are tough yet flexible, with light mesh upper fabric.  The soles are thin enough that it hurts to land directly on pointy rocks bigger than an inch or so, so I tend to watch the ground enough that I avoid those.  But smaller sharpish objects don’t bother me, and so far I’ve never had a goat-head or other thorn pierce the sole of the shoes.  I like that I don’t have to keep an eagle eye on the ground all the time.

The uppers are quite thin and you can feel a breeze in cold weather.  But I haven’t had trouble with cold feet.  I suspect if I got good and wet they would get cold, but I’ve run on wet ground, through small puddles, and in a light rain and my feet have remained a comfortable temperature, even when my socks have gotten a little damp.

I’m blister-free in these shoes.  Occasionally if I lace the shoes overly loosely, my socks slip down under my heel.  I don’t like the feel of that , but it doesn’t truly hurt.  I’ve never once had even a red or sore spot in these shoes.   Keep in mind, however, that I run short distances:  1.5-3 miles 2 or 3 times a week, on average.

Speaking of mileage, I’m not feeling any injuries these days and am gradually increasing my mileage. I do still notice that when I get tired, poor form can creep in and I start landing harder.  So when I feel that starting to happen, I stop and walk for a couple minutes.  But I can maintain good form longer. Last week I ran 3 times for a total of 8 miles, with a bit of walking mixed in there as needed, which is the most miles I’ve covered in several months.

I’m really happy with these shoes, and happy that they seem to be moving me towards running without injury.



  1. Thank you so much for the detailed update!! That is exactly what I wanted to know. While I love my Vibram FiveFingers, when they wear out, I’m thinking I might try the Merrells (admittedly, for appearance’s sake!). 🙂 It sounds like they may be just right!

  2. MOMOF4INVP says:

    Happy to hear that you are out there running. Such a great role model we are for our children. I haven’t had the nerve to try these new trends shoes….sort of loyal to my original brand. Found that I do need to stretch twice daily to keep injuries from creeping in these old bones 🙂