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Customer Review

on September 27, 2012
These are excellent once you figure out what size you need. I'd never tried Merrell brand shoes in my life, so it was a total guessing game ordering these online as I had to base my decision in regards to size largely on customer reviews (which I read a TON of). From what I could gather, these are supposed to fit your foot like a glove (apropos of its namesake, go figure). And I know these are meant to be worn barefoot; however, I purchased mine to wear for my daily brisk outdoor walk, and I'm also a sock-wearer. The reviews were helpful in that I kept seeing the suggestion to order a half size up if you don't plan on wearing them barefoot. That is an accurate statement as far as I can tell. Since I prefer wearing socks w/my shoes, I ordered an 8.5 even though my usual shoe size is a solid Women's 8. I'm so glad I heeded others' advice and went for the 8.5, because when they arrived and I slipped them on for the first time, I could immediately tell that they fit me just right--a size 8 in these, for me, would've had to be sent back and exchanged. In fact, I find that with the 8.5, I'm able to wear these with OR without socks, should I choose to go sock-less. I can't imagine that being the case had I gotten the size 8. They would've been "suction-cupped" to my feet, so there'd be no other alternative BUT going barefoot. I don't like that. And no wiggle room for sure; no allowance for foot-swelling, etc. (we all have those days). So, I know my whole review only covered the sizing issue, but I wanted to share my purchase experience w/people who may be debating whether they should order their normal size or not, and I thought this explanation might help to make their decision slightly easier. To sum up, it really comes down to what you plan on wearing them for, and whether your preference is for socks vs. no socks. As for the shoe itself, there are so many well-written reviews already posted on here--another reason I wanted to address the sizing matter in particular--but I will say that I'm thoroughly satisfied w/my purchase. I love these shoes; my first pair of Merrells and almost certainly not my last. I ordered the Lychee color by the way, and the orange/gray combo is even more attractive in real life. They're stylish enough to wear as a street shoe w/cuffed skinny jeans and a loose-fit tee. Bonus!
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