Merrell Barefoot Collection Launched in Manila

It’s been around in the local scene for some time now and if you’re in a race lining up for the start, just look down and you might just find a pair or two wearing these glove-like shoes that’s shaped like a foot.

It’s a “minimalist” shoe inspired by barefoot running. It’s as close as barefoot running can get and assumes that running close to barefoot is the natural movement of the feet rather than wearing regular running shoes that has pads, cushioned heels or motion control features which they say, inhibit the natural stride of a runner.

Runners have become open to trying new concepts of running and for shoe manufacturers, they have introduced the least amount of shoe a runner can safely wear while strengthening the foot and improving one’s stride.

NIKE had introduced the FREE several years ago and others have now joined the bandwagon like the VIBRAM Five Fingers, VIVO Barefoot models, the SOMNIO Nada, Brooks Green Silence, New Balance Minimus and lately, the SAUCONY Hattori Zero Drop.

Enter now the MERRELL line of minimalist shoes which has recently been introduced in Manila. It’s called the Barefoot Collection. For men, it’s introducing the Merrell Trail Glove, True Glove and Tough Glove while for women, there’s the Pace Glove, Power Glove and Pure Glove.

I was able to attend the launching of these shoes a few weeks ago at their main concept store in Market! Market!, Bonifacio Global City and the line-up seems to be promising.

It would have been nice to test-run these shoes on the road and trails and make a review of it but that might have to wait for a while. I’m just wondering what these shoes would feel like if they’re used in rough, technical trails with very minimum support and cushioning.

Anyways, they’re now available at all Merrel stores and leading department stores and retail for about P4,000.00/pair. Check them out!

Facade of Merrells Store at Market!Market!

The Barefoot Collection

Bards (Banana Running) tries one of the womens models

Among the early birds, from left Clockwise: James, Marga, Carina, Bards, me, Fred, Vener, Roselle and Blas

Group picture with the Merrel staff