Merrell goes Barefoot

Merrell and Vibram, maker of FiveFingers foot-gloves, today announced a new barefoot shoe line. The Merrell Barefoot collection will be a spread of “minimalist, lightweight, versatile and efficient footwear,” according to a press release.

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Merrell barefoot shoe

Not available until February 2011, the line will include shoes like the Trail Glove, a trail-running model; the Tough Glove, a foot-conforming soft leather shoe; and the women’s Pace Glove (low-profile trail runner) and Power Glove (ankle-high design with three Velcro closures).

Like other barefoot-style shoes, this line is touted to help “engage the feet for a more natural stride by moving the wearer off the heel and encouraging forward momentum to a mid-foot landing with lower impact and a more aligned and efficient gait.”

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The premise: Minimal interference between the ground and your foot

Said Tony Post, President & CEO of Vibram USA, “For feet to be healthy, we believe they need to be stimulated and exercised, which will in turn improve the body’s balance and agility. On that premise, we collaborated with Merrell to develop an exclusive outsole that aids in stride efficiency and adaptability for all outdoor terrain.”

—Stephen Regenold

Posted by t.c. worley - 06/29/2010 01:49 PM

Looking forward to another option other than the “Five Finger” – just could not get over the look of them long enough to try a pair.

Posted by Mike - 08/16/2010 08:29 AM

Excellent, now we will have a host of brands to consider:
New Balance Minimus
Merrell Barefoot.

Posted by Brian - 08/27/2010 01:37 AM

Have a pair of five fingers I originally bought two years ago, used on flat (concrete, tarmac or grass) fine but went for a walk on a loose sureface with gravel flipping agony, also unless your toes conform to their shape it was a nightmare getting my little toe in, boring to do so threw them in the loft never to be seen again, like the look of the Merrels though.

Posted by calvin Maxfield - 09/13/2010 07:13 AM

send them to me brian. i recently bought the fivefingers on a lark and love them. i have used them on extreme trail running and i am confident and comfortable in them on everything except really wet surfaces. i will buy merrels in priced right

Posted by Chrissie H - 11/25/2010 01:11 AM

I Love my five fingers…Merrell good luck!if the look is what your going for they seem to look normal.I dont mind the odd look Is all about comfort and natural foot posture.

Posted by Patty D. - 01/31/2011 04:42 PM

Found out about the Vibram five fingers just a couple of months ago. Bought the Classic version this past Friday. I’m liking them so far. I use them for walking and working out. Plan to get a pair for the water and an additional pair w/strap just to have a variety. I have a few pair of toe socks purchased years ago, that I plan to use with the Vibrams. (1/31/2011)

Posted by Leslie Stevenson - 02/17/2011 08:09 PM

Where can I buy these shoes. I live in St. Charles Mo a bedroom comm of St.Louis

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