The Merrell Bare Access 2 gives you the freedom to roam. The best part about this minimal running shoe is its ability to give you just a touch of protection while still providing that close-to-the-ground, plugged-in feeling that minimalists crave. With its 0 mm drop and uniform heel-to-toe cushioning, your feet can land flat, allowing your body to better utilize all of those nifty shock absorbers that are already built in. Maybe you just want to feel a step closer to nature or perhaps you're making the transition to barefoot running - the Bare Access 2 will help you embrace your natural gait, strengthen muscles, and get your mind and body in sync. No matter what your destination, you'll definitely enjoy the journey in these kicks.
DECENT FEATURES of the Merrell Men's Bare Access 2 Shoe
Mesh and synthetic upper
Molded eyelets for secure lacing
Fused rubber toe bumper provides durability and protection
External heel stability arm
Reflective details for increased visibility in low light
I love these shoes. I do run in them for a few miles occasionally, but not any super long or frequent runs so I don't know how that goes. I do however love these for hiking. I used them for a couple backpacking trips in AZ and they are great, I also even used them for a trip on the Superior hiking trail in MN. They probably aren't ideal for some backpacking as far as ankle support or water proofness. They are nice and cool and very comfy. I liked them so much I bought a similar pair to wear for work at a hospital. I recommend them.
"Awesome Shoe for Into to Barefoot Running"
I have always been interested in Barefoot Running, HOWEVER, I despise the five finger vibram shoe look.These shoes are a perfect alternative. They don't show off my toes and still allow me to get into the barefoot running style.The first day I wore these, I ran 4 miles. They felt so light on my feet and helped me run off the balls of my feet rather than my heel. I usually got shin-splints from running but not after trying these. The only part of my legs that are sore are my calves (SOOO SORE!) but I assuming once I am used to this sort of running, that muscle will develop and I will not be sore. Love these shoes.