Merrell releases wide width trail glove; bare access, casual stuff on their site

http://www.merrell.com/US/en-US/Product.mvc.aspx/26531M/0/Mens/Barefoot-Run-Trail-Glove-Wide-Width?dimensions=0
http://www.merrell.com/US/en-US/Product.mvc.aspx/26550W/0/Womens/Barefoot-Run-Pace-Glove-Wide-Width?dimensions=0

http://www.merrell.com/US/en-US/Product.mvc.aspx/26417W/0/Womens/Barefoot-Run-Dash-Glove?dimensions=0

http://www.merrell.com/US/en-US/Product.mvc.aspx/26343M/0/Mens/Barefoot-Run-Bare-Access?dimensions=0
http://www.merrell.com/US/en-US/Product.mvc.aspx/26419W/0/Womens/Barefoot-Run-Bare-Access-Arc?dimensions=0

The water stuff seems like a way to milk the market... $80-100 for sandals? Really?  ::)
* The tread on the closed-toe water one is really sad: check this one for example http://www.merrell.com/US/en-US/Product.mvc.aspx/26344M/0/Mens/Barefoot-Water-Current-Glove?dimensions=0

And more stuff for women, Lifestyle kind of shoes (because VFF don't seem to enter the women's minimalist market as well as Vivobarefoot/New Balance probably)
http://www.merrell.com/US/en-US/Product.mvc.aspx/26425W/0/Womens/Barefoot-Life-Serene-Glove?dimensions=0
http://www.merrell.com/US/en-US/Product.mvc.aspx/26426W/0/Womens/Barefoot-Life-Delight-Glove?dimensions=0

Anyhow I feel like Merrell is trying to milk the market right now, more so than other brands. Some of these products are not very well thought out, such as the slippery-looking tread on the water shoes or the $85 sandals with no strap to prevent it from falling off unlike huaraches (Barefoot Life Burst Wrap). Also, with respect to the women's flats for $90-110 I could probably obtain better results by removing the sole on a normal flexible flat and putting $10 vibram rubber soles at a cobbler. The tread on those is pretty despicable as well.

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  • on 1325429177:


    Finally!  Woo woo!  My mutant wide feet are gonna be happy this year!

    Now I just need them to come out with a Wide Width for the Tough Glove...
  • Has Merrell never really done wide before?  I know that in regular shoes I could wear Ecco but not Merrill in their standard sizing.  Never had a Merrell that would fit, but always liked a lot of their styles.  If they will now have a wide minimalist, that is awesome!!  Though it is the exact same price as my NB MultiSport wides.  Seems like these minimalist shoe companies are like gas stations.  All the same price regardless of supply or demand.
  • on 1325429177:
    The water stuff seems like a way to milk the market... $80-100 for sandals? Really?  ::)


    You were saying?

    The reason water shoes have a flat smooth surface is because it creates a suction type grip.  That smooth sole pushes water out from under the foot.  A treaded grip would allow areas for water to pool and provide less surface area in contact with the ground.

    I think merrell is doing exactly what minimalists want.  More options, wider width, and more competition.
  • Re: water stuff
    It just seems odd to me that there's no siping that's all.

    Re: wide width
    I brought my Merrells to the cobbler to get them widened. I think he widened them by about 1/4". It took several days in the stretching machine. (looks like http://www.shoesystemsplus.com/cam80stretcher.html)
  • on 1325455653:

    Re: wide width
    I brought my Merrells to the cobbler to get them widened. I think he widened them by about 1/4". It took several days in the stretching machine. (looks like http://www.shoesystemsplus.com/cam80stretcher.html)


    That's a nifty gadget!  Since you had to widen the Trail Gloves ... where was it squeezing your foot?  Was it squeezing the sides of your foot in the toebox area?  Or was it pressure along the top of the foot around the metatarsal area?
  • I wear the Tough Glove not Trail Glove (because of rain), but it's the same sole. The narrowing at the midfoot was stopping my pinky toe from splaying all the way (roughly in front it says "Vibram", right at the end of the toe guard thing) when I had my thick Injinjis on, but without Injinjis that are thick (i.e. original weight or barefoot) my foot is swimming in it horizontally (width-wise) at the toebox and the heel.

    Also, my midfoot bone (cuboid? or fifth tarsometatarsal?) sticks out into the foam part by about a 1/8". You can see the effects where the dirt is on the foam part next to the midfoot tread:
    http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Dmt6gK6N9P8/TwCGaHePh-I/AAAAAAAAAEE/GDLpyeIsSUo/s1600/IMG_0680.JPG
    http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ur67QCACdDo/TwCGVyCPdtI/AAAAAAAAAD8/4Az-EkJqunc/s1600/IMG_0679.JPG

    The midfoot narrowness is characteristic of the VFF Trek/Trek LS/Bormio/Treksport as well, which is why I hesitated to buy it.
  • on 1325432784:

    on 1325429177:


    Finally!  Woo woo!  My mutant wide feet are gonna be happy this year!

    Now I just need them to come out with a Wide Width for the Tough Glove...


    Do you own these now?  I see you have reviewed them on Merrell's site.  I am wondering just how much wider they are than the regular widths.
  • on 1330451938:

    Do you own these now?  I see you have reviewed them on Merrell's site.  I am wondering just how much wider they are than the regular widths.


    I'm not sure how much wider they are than the regular width, but the mens size 8 is about 3 7/8th inches at its widest point when measure along the bottom of the sole.
  • The wide width trail gloves are 1/8" wider than the regular trail gloves...i called Merrell directly to ask since the store didn't know.
  • on 1334941625:

    The wide width trail gloves are 1/8" wider than the regular trail gloves...i called Merrell directly to ask since the store didn't know.


    That's it? Only an additional 1/8" of width? FAIL!
  • If it's only 1/8" you're better off widening a normal width one yourself at a cobbler

    It's probably  not even E judging by that amount. http://shoes.about.com/od/mens_size_charts/a/men_width.htm

    U.S. Men's Shoe Size C Narrow D (Medium/Standard) E Wide
    6 3.3" 3.5" 3.7"
    6.5 3.3" 3.6" 3.8"
    7 3.4" 3.6" 3.8"
    7.5 3.4" 3.7" 3.9"
    8 3.5" 3.8" 3.9"
    8.5 3.6" 3.8" 4.0"
    9 3.6" 3.9" 4.1"
    9.5 3.7" 3.9" 4.1"
    10 3.8" 4.0" 4.2"
    10.5 3.8" 4.1" 4.3"
    11 3.9" 4.1" 4.3"
    11.5 3.9" 4.2" 4.4"
    12 4.0" 4.3" 4.4"
    12.5 4.1" 4.3" 4.5"
    13 4.1" 4.4" 4.6"
    13.5 4.2" 4.4" 4.8"
    14 4.2 4.5" 4.9"
    14.5 4.3 4.6" 4.9"
    15 4.3 4.6" 5"
  • on 1334947574:

    on 1334941625:

    The wide width trail gloves are 1/8" wider than the regular trail gloves...i called Merrell directly to ask since the store didn't know.


    That's it? Only an additional 1/8" of width? FAIL!


    I agree.  Only an 1/8 inch.  Why bother?
  • I was told by Merrell it is 5 mm.

    Either way it's not much.
  • It really depends on size for Normal wide width shoes so 5mm for a woman's size might be quite a bit
    Commonly wide is an extra 3/16 inch which is 4.76mm

    This begs the question why they don't go a minimum of 2E like New balance did with the minimus zero
  • on 1335914298:

    It really depends on size for Normal wide width shoes so 5mm for a woman's size might be quite a bit
    Commonly wide is an extra 3/16 inch which is 4.76mm

    This begs the question why they don't go a minimum of 2E like New balance did with the minimus zero


    Because they are still ingrained in the same type of shoes they've been marketing for the last 20 years. They have not fully grasped what we want in a shoe. Sure they are selling some, but that is because we are so desperate for anything that is not an over stuffed marshmallow shoe. NB and Altra seem to be the two companies that come the closest.
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