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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on January 19, 2013
After trying several of the newer varieties of Vib Five Fingers hoping to keep my feet dry on wet muddy trails, and I really have liked my Five Fingers over the years, I gave these Merrell Embark Glove GTX (Goretex) shoes a try. New snow on the ground, wet and very muddy, and I am so impressed and very, very pleased with these shoes. They do not rub the back of my feet, or anywhere else for that matter with wool socks, and are very warm and dry. My last run included Gaiters and even in deeper water crossings where I thought for sure my feet would get wet...dryness prevailed. Several of other things that I really love about these shoes are that you naturally stay on the front part of your feet when on the run so the 'barefoot' experience is maintained quite well while the added protection in the toe box has these now my first choice n shoes for my mountain runs on the AT and Catoctin NP. I've found them to be very sure footed in
snow/ice packed conditions. Frankly, these will be my first choice in foot wear for all sorts of conditions and even for just walking around on rainy days. Well made they appear to be durable. One of the piss-offs I've had with my Vibrams have been quality, especially where sole meets uppers around the inside step of the big toe. No such problems with these shoes! They are tough runners and clean up in a jiff.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 10, 2013
Since I got these a few months ago I have thought that I should write a review...but after yesterday, I cannot wait any longer. I have been wearing barefoot shoes almost exclusively for about eight months, and these Embarks for three months. I live in north central Wisconsin, and I have worn these through snow, slush, rain, slush, and snow. I was happy from the start that they keep my feet dry. These have been my everyday, everywhere shoes, not running shoes. So the kicker that made me finally write my review... I was out playing with the kids when my husband brought out the snowshoes. I was too lazy to go put snow boots on so I just strapped myself in wearing the Embarks, and went. I fully expected to have to turn around soon and get different shoes, but I was impressed to see those shoes did just fine. The snow averaged 6 inches, sometimes less, sometimes more. I stayed out for maybe 45-60 minutes. I fell a few times- my jeans got wet, but not my feet!

I haven't tried wearing these without socks, because it is too darn cold, but they are perfectly comfortable with my winter socks. I agree with one reviewer that says these are not a real thin barefoot shoe, and I think that is just the nature of the beast ... for this shoe's particular purpose.

Very happy with my purchase. I would not have been able to continue wearing barefoot shoes throughout winter without
them. Another note, I am a female with large feet and, sadly, can't fit into the women's shoes, so I am left with the men's options. I have the black/blue Embarks. They are not pretty by any means but they are attractive enough without looking too manly... or so my husband assures me.
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on April 2, 2015
While I don't actively only buy Merrell shoes, it tends to be what happens. They have all lasted through my abuse, except these. I bought them mostly because they were waterproof and not boots. For a good while they did that well but because they are made to be so light (wow, they are REALLY light) they aren't constructed as strongly. These are the only pair of Merrells that I have ever felt wore out faster than they should have, but given that I wore them every day every where, they lasted longer than I might expect some other shoe to last. In the end I'm not a trail runner so they aren't for me really.
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on October 26, 2015
I love the glove line of minimalist footwear by Merrell. Minimalist footwear saved my lower back and put me back on track for all the outdoor activity that I love to do (after an injury sidelined me making it difficult to even walk) when the doctors and physical therapists were taking me in a different direction and made things even worse. Unfortunately Merrell does not make this particular shoe anymore and has even downsized its trail glove line of footwear.
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on February 8, 2014
I purchased those for rainy winters in Israel, since I got very accustomed to Merrel Sonic Glove, but those weren't water resistant.
Those shoes are. I tested them under shower, and although your feet feel cold from the water, they stay absolutely dry.
The downside of those is that the sole is the same as in Sonic Gloves, meaning it's slippery on wet asphalt. I did manage to run in them in those conditions, but you need to place your feet carefully.
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on May 17, 2013
I used this shoes in snow and rain and they work perfectly.
it is my first experience with barefoot running shoes so my calf muscles really suffer if I don't take it eazy.
But after only two month I can run up to four miles with this shoes, and by next winter I am planning on using only the Merrell for my wet runs.
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on October 29, 2014
I use this shoe for cross-training. Lots of cardio and heavy lifting, including crossfit-style workouts. They are holding together very well. Very stable and ZERO-Drop. Only negative is that they a re a bit narrow. I'm a D (medium with) and they fit me well. I bought a second pair = highly recommended.
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on September 25, 2014
These shoes don't call too much attention to themselves and seem fairly water repellent. Additionally, they fit me well and allow my toes room to expand. A beefier sole than your average barefoot shoe but as I wear these for my outdoor work, they are perfect.
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on September 19, 2014
This is the second time I've purchased these. They don't last forever (nor should they), but they fit like a glove (literally) and keep the rain out. You wouldn't expect it, but they are perfect for combatting my plantar fasciitis (sp?) ...
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on May 23, 2013
They are a little big around the arch of my foot all the way around. But they are comfortable and I will buy this item again.
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