Women with style get plenty of attention when they wear sexy shoes, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that men may be judged by the shoe they wear, too—especially by women who are active on the running scene. Women want to know that the guys they like, respect and admire have sensible heads on their shoulders by prioritising safety, fit and engineering when it’s time to choose the best athletic footwear—especially if their run of choice includes rugged terrain on challenging trails.
When a new running shoe debuts, does your heart skip a beat? Do you dream about how you’ll break the news to your current running shoes that they’re about to be replaced or do you make excuses to friends when admitting you’re adding yet another pair to your already-impressive collection? Welcome to our world—the Land of Women’s Running Shoes, where every step we take is fashionable, trendy and supremely comfortable.
Every running shoe on the market is introduced to the public as the best, the sexiest, the prettiest and the most high-performance footwear to hit the market since competitive runners stopped running barefoot, but a new era has dawned: Athletic shoe manufacturer Merrell has found a way to infuse its new library of running shoes with motivational promises.
With over 30 years experience in the outdoor footwear industry, Merrell launches their All Out collection, aimed at establishing some middle ground following the recent and (in my opinion) rather extremist zero-drop and maximal cushioning trends.
The AllOut series was designed by Merrell to strike the balance of natural movement and the necessary protection underfoot for running on trails. The AllOut Rush that I’m reviewing in particular was meant for the ultra or trail runner looking to have a shoe to go for extreme distances in trail terrain.
Taking learnings from minimalism, Merrell designs light and fast trail running shoes for Spring 2014. The new AllOut Collection features a flexible underfoot wrap that mobilizes the arch.
Being considered a “speed-hiking” shoe, the Proterra Sport Gore Tex melds the concepts of the streamlined trail-running shoe with the ruggedness of a hiking boot. The biggest improvement for the Proterra Sport Gore Tex lies in the new CONNECTfit design, which is powered by the ever reliable Gore Tex technology. This results in a waterproof yet breathable design upper mesh.
Merrell innovates with CONNECTfit, an exclusive waterproof, breathable, and flexible design concept powered by GORE-TEX® Extended Comfort footwear technology. The technology was developed with a minimalist approach to be form-fitting and stretchy; giving shoes a glove-like fit. The concept is solely owned by Merrell and will further the comfort and performance of Merrell’s trail and hike categories and be integrated into outside athletic styles for the Fall 2013 season.
If you’ve been around the running community for any length of time, you would have heard a lot about Merrell. They’ve been around for a while, and their ‘Trail Glove’ running shoe is quite a sensation in minimalist running circles. Hoping to expand on the success of the Glove, Merrell has recently introduced its new M-Connect series, which aims to provide minimalist-inspired footwear for a variety of activities. One of the most talked-about styles in that series is the new Proterra Sport.
The Road glove 2 is designed to connect your feet to the pavement for a natural gait. It has a 0mm-drop midsole enhanced with a protective toe cap and midsole cushion for true barefoot running form for both short and long runs. Its Upper unit is a low cut unit made up of mesh lining treated with the Aegis® antimicrobial solution and reflective details for increased visibility in low light.
hange is the only constant. Merrell is a perfect example of how an established shoe manufacturer can work hand-in-hand with the changing times. Merrell understands that as much as many runners would embrace the barefoot running experience, not all are willing to switch cold-turkey, thus the powerful invention of the Merrell Bare Access shoes.
The MerrellMix Master II is a cushioned lightweight trail shoe that is built for people who want more than a simple shoe. It is perfect for those who are changing from a conventional trail runner to more minimal shoes. At the same time, it provides the added traction and protection that most runners are looking for.