The brand name Merrell is instantly recognisable as a mark of quality by any experienced trekkers or walking enthusiasts. For many years, Merrell’s designs have been at the forefront of adventure footwear styling, and for good reason. With tried and tested features and the highest footwear technology at their fingertips, Merrell’s designers consistently come up with some of the most efficient and aesthetically pleasing adventure shoes on the market today.
For the most hardened walkers and adventurers, Merrell’s footwear lines include the Chameleon Waterproof boot, ideal for many extreme trekking conditions. This shoe is demonstrative of the care and attention that goes into the manufacture of every Merrell shoe. Chameleons are constructed over a number of waterproof layers, each one protecting the foot yet further from any water seepage.
The uppers are made of waterproof nubuck and the waterproof lining is supported by polyester mesh, while the sides of the shoe are designed to offer maximum fit and comfort for the foot. Cushioned padding inside the boot adds vital support and comfort during high-exertion treks, and the rubber sole prevents slippage with its excellent grip. The very durable laces ensure a good grip on the foot and go right up to the ankle-high collar of the shoe. Trekking boots also come in grain leather, pigskin leather, synthetic leather and Gore-tex, which allows you to choose the material that best suits your activity.
For walking and trekking tours on a more consistent terrain, and in hotter climates, Merrell’s range of travel and walking shoes are better suited. Unlike the majority of trekking boots, the walking shoes are low-cut and more lightweight. Merrell prides itself on making its walking boots feel as comfortable as a second skin, with some ranges designed especially for women or men, and taking into account their differences in build and gait.
Like the trekking boots, Merrell’s walking shoes have soles with an astoundingly good rubber grip, that rises up behind the heel and around the toe area to protect the most vulnerable and exposed parts of the feet. If you intend to walk in hot climates where the terrain is not difficult to negotiate, you may prefer the vast range of Merrell sandals and chunky flip flops, available in most colours.
For general everyday wear, Merrell manufactures laceless slip-on moccasins in leather and suede, and slide-on backless shoes in a range of colours. These all sport the customary rubber-soled grip for practicality and comfort, as do the trainers in Merrell’s impressive range. Whether you are trekking, running or socialising, Merrell’s comfort range is ideal, and the distinctive ‘M’ logo that appears on a number of styles ensures that they stand out and are noticed.