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Good Fundamentals, but Prepare to Replace the Insoles
on September 16, 2014
I've owned many pairs of Merrells, including the predecessor of these shoes, the World Legends. I don't find these to be as comfortable as the World Legends, which didn't require breaking-in for the heel to be comfortable. The Realms are just fine after breaking them in for a week, though. Overall, I'd consider this a step back from the previous design.
Their appearance is top-notch. They're great for my business casual attire at the office, and they look great with jeans, as well.
Besides the break-in period, though, there's just one complaint I have: The insoles are terrible. Their support is good, but their two-piece design is very annoying. Instead of a smooth surface, the heel is sewn on as a patch, and the seam is very noticeable sticking into the back portion of my arches. I really have no idea why Merrell would think this would be comfortable. I'll upload two pictures to clarify what I mean. Anyway, I can't fathom why someone thought these insoles were a good idea, and I don't enjoy spending $120 on a pair of shoes just to need to go make a trip to the store and spend another $10 on normal insoles.