Merrell Pace Glove Cross-Training Shoes
Price: $99.95 ($$)
Specs: 0mm heel to midfoot drop, rubber toe bumpers, DWR finish. (DWR = Durable Water Repellant)
Season: All year.
Best Use: Running. Perfect for my thrice weekly 4 mile run around town. I prefer a shoe with more stability when heading out on rough trails. You will feel a rock if you land weird with the pace glove.
Two features I’m most excited about:
1.) Lightweight – only 10 ounces, allows you to truly be light on your feet.
2.) Machine washable (cold, gentle cycle, *air dry*). Shoes, as a result of feet, get smelly. It’s really nice to be worry-free about throwing these in the wash once in a while when they need to be freshened up.
One thing I would change: People wearing running shoes without socks. I understand it’s a barefoot shoe, but socks do amazing things. They absorb sweat, prevent blisters, provide cushioning, and can be made into puppets. Don’t ditch your amazing socks!
Tidbits: Lacing system allows you to adjust for a precise fit. Important for a shoe designed to fit your foot like a glove.
Vibram sole grips a variety of surfaces allowing you to run on anything from crushed gravel to wet leaves without slipping or sliding.
Sum-up: When lacing up for a run, slipping into a comfy spare pair of shoes after a grueling hike, or walking briskly to catch the train home after work, the pace glove performs wonderfully. This is a multi-use shoe that extends beyond the realm of running and is a ‘go to’ item in my footwear collection.
Please Note: All running shoes need replacement after a certain number of miles – Merrell Pace Glove Cross-Training shoes will wear down after about one year of regular use. Some advice: cherish the time you have and be ready to order a new pair when the end is in sight. New shoes will make you feel better.