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A huge disappointment from Merrell
on January 19, 2014
Merrell has been my go-to shoe company for many years and I've always been pleased with their products. That said, this particular shoe is terrible. There's absolutely no padding or arch support in the shoe at all. That makes them feel sloppy and poorly fitting while walking. I'd still give them 2 or 3 stars based on appearance and finish, but the real deal killer is the soles. They've been cheapened terribly and actually wheeze while being walked in, and not quietly either. It's just a rough guess, but the noise coming from both of these shoes could probably be heard in another room through a closed door. The noise is absolutely unacceptable and after trying to live with the shoes for a few days I threw them back in the box and intend to give them to charity. I wore them enough to feel badly about returning them, so giving them away is easier on my conscience. Bottom line, they look great, but aren't worth buying at any price, let alone nearly $100. Try the other shoes in Merrell's line, most of those still seem to be made with some integrity. But if the problem of poor quality control with the soles starts to invade Merrell's other products, I'll be an ex-customer.