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Really like these shoes,
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This review is from: Merrell Women's Barefoot Pace Glove (Apparel)
I admit, I'm not really a runner, but I walk a lot (~30 miles a week). Even with comfortable shoes, I tend to have random pains in my feet, knees, back or legs. These shoes were not only painless, but they seemed to work out the kinks of the previous shoes. The longer I walked, the better I felt. Like everyone says, it takes a while to build up your feet muscles, so be patient. One thing I noticed is that the soles actually seem to warm up after wearing them for a about 20 minutes so while providing excellent protection against sharp objects, they also seem to disappear. When you first put them on, they did't feel as "barefoot" as I thought they should, but that changes once you wear them for a few minutes. That little transformation made me feel better about paying close to $100 to go "barefoot". The only discomfort I ever felt was when I walked for longer distances ( > 5 miles) over asphalt. I'd get hot spots on the balls of my foot, but even those went a way after a day and I managed to walk about 9 miles down a road midday in the desert without an issue (other than sunburn). Wearing a really thin sock helps. Maybe that's not truly following the "barefoot" way, but it smells a lot better. At first they felt like they had too much material at the toe break which rubbed the top of the toes, but I realized that it had more to do with having a high arch and the top of the shoe being pushed down my foot. Once I wore them for a while and stretched out the top a little, everything was great. I took them hiking in Southern Utah for a week and walked/hiked through mountains, rocks, gravel, asphalt and sand for probably 50 miles without one issue other than having to dump out sand that would find it's way through the mess, but it was deep sand and the people in hiking boots weren't doing much better. If anything, I felt like the mountain goat of the group. You start to feel sorry for everyone else lumbering around with huge, stiff hiking boots complaining about their knees. It's also nice to only need one shoe for hiking, running or walking. They're, of course, much easier to pack. But honestly, in the end, it's just more fun to feel like your'e running around barefoot. I'm a convert.
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Initial post: Aug 6, 2012 5:34:20 PM PDT
Amazon Customer says:
Great review, thank you! I walk about 30 miles a week too, and am going on a walking trip around Germany this winter so I was looking for a good all-around shoe. It sounds like this is the one!
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 7, 2012 6:55:47 AM PDT
Thanks for your comment. I'm still a big fan. I have them in 3 colors at this point. One thing I did notice about your comment. Winter in Germany? My only concern is that they may be a bit thin for that kind of cold weather so keep that in mind or I guess you could always invest in some really high quality wool socks.
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