Merrell’s idea behind the M-Connect lineup is to produce a line of shoes that meets the needs of as wide of an audience as possible while still maintaining the basic principles of minimalism. The result is an increase in specialization of specific models from one generation to the next. The […]
Innovation in the shoe marketplace doesn’t happen very often. I’ve been reviewing minimalist shoes for somewhere around seven years. During those seven years, precious few shoes have stood out as being truly innovative game-changers.
The original Vibram KSO- it was the first minimalist shoe that actually fit the shape of the foot.
The Terra Plana Vivobarefoot EVO- it was the first good minimalist shoe without separated toes that was designed for running.
The New Balance MT10- it was […]
The Mix Master Move (M3… my special code for the shoe) is the second of my Merrell M-Connect reviews. The idea behind the lineup is to produce a line of shoes that meet the needs of every aspect of the minimalist market. The last shoe I reviewed, the Proterra, is a lightweight hiking shoe. By contrast, the M3 is a road shoe. Specifically, I would classify it as a “transition” shoe that would […]
The first shoe I’ll review in the 2013 Merrell M-Connect lineup is the Proterra. It’s a shoe designed for hiking. My hiker friends tell me the minimalist movement has trickled down to the hiking world. Lightweight boots and shoes are replacing the thick, heavy boots that were once synonymous with hiking. Features like 12″ of ankle support, 4″ lugs, and 24 ounce weight are being replaced by light, fast designs. Just like the running […]
A few days ago I had a conversation with friends about the running shoe industry. Several people had been expressing frustration about the ever-changing landscape of shoes. Some people had their favorite models discontinued by a particular manufacturer. The “update” made the shoe significantly worse. The motivation for a new model clearly wasn’t to make a better product; the motivation was to get a different product to the market. It’s an all-too-common strategy among many shoe manufacturers.
Merrell’s Bare Access 2 is an update to the popular Bare Access released last year. i reviewed them here:
I used that particular shoe for a good portion of the Across the Years 72 hour race and all of the Fifth Third Riverbank Run 25k. The cushioning didn’t affect my gait nearly as much as I expected. The biggest issue I had was the top of the heel counter. […]
I’m always excited to test a first shoe from new companies. Skora was founded by David Sypniewski a few years ago. He solicited a lot of feedback when designing his first lineup, which I appreciated. At the time, the minimalist market was quite bare. [see what I did there]
Anyway, David had a great vision. He understood an important fundamental- the shoe shouldn’t interfere with your running form. The idea is widely accepted in minimalist circles, but was quite revolutionary […]
Officially, the Merrell Flux Glove is designed as a training shoe. It’s designed on the Road Glove outsole, but with a slightly more structured upper to handle lateral cutting movements. Think high intensity interval training. While the shoe excels as a training shoe, I found it to be the single most versatile minimalist shoe I’ve found to date.
I received the shoe right before we left the mountains of Colorado, brought it with […]