Moccasin-like Merrell is ‘most minimal shoe’ ever built by brand

Final thoughts? I love minimal shoes. But for me the Vapor Gloves are extreme.

Like Vibram FiveFingers toe-shoes, however, the Vapor Glove will likely find an audience of people attuned to running light on their feet.

Merrell Vapor Glove

For now, I’ll wear the Vapor Gloves on occasion. They are a fun shoe, well built and comfortable enough considering the minimalist design. Just look out for those sharp rocks on the trail.

—Stephen Regenold is founder and editor of

Stephen Regenold

Stephen Regenold is Founder of GearJunkie, which he launched as a nationally-syndicated newspaper column in 2002. As a journalist and writer, Regenold has covered the outdoors industry for two decades, including as a correspondent for the New York Times. A father of five, Regenold and his wife live in Minneapolis.