"A Super Comfy Shoe With Awesome Outdoor Capabilities"
My lifelong quest to find a hiking shoe/boot that caters to rugged capability and comfort has come to an end! As a long distance hiker on the Appalachian Trail, I tired of having to lug around my heavy mid-sized boots. I wanted a compromise between comfort, weight and durability. The Merrell Chameleons literally feels like wearing a bedroom slipper on the trail, and acts like a durable boot! The drawstring chord eliminates having to tie and re-tie the shoes on the trail, saving you loads of time. They are breathable, light, stylish and easy to take off as well. The mesh that surround the inside wicks moisture really fast and the neoprene surrounding around the ankle keeps debris out. I took these shoes on a 100 mile trek starting in Harper's Ferry on the AT and they held up. Of course they are not AS durable as hardcore hiking boots, but man did they impress! My speed on the trail increased by light years. If you are a hiker determined on finding a comfy pair of speed demons, buy 'em!
These shoes are comfy, pretty rugged and breathable. Without a doubt, being able to wear shoes without tying laces one of my boyhood dreams, so I was pie-eyed when these materialized. They've become my urban trekkers, and I routinely walk several miles under a pack every day, so while they have some benefits, a couple things keep them from being great.1. They squeek. Yep. I walk around in a symphony of shrill cries emitted from my shoes. And while, I don't feel fat, but they protest away. The air pocket in the soles may be to blame, and honestly, the problem isn't severe enough to warrant investigating. Especially bad on concrete.2. They attract anything sharp, and the mesh invites 'em in. So, needless to say, the vegetation of the Desert Southwest makes these shoes a trial by thorny brambles. In the PNW, they're fine - when it's not raining. When it is, make it a day hike, or you'll be curling your prunes by the fire, hoping that the shoes dry out before you get rained on again.
I usually wear these for shorter day hikes or in less rugged terrain. The fit is snug, even with the elastic drawcord for tightening. They are very comfortable and lightweight but they lack the ankle support of a mid boot. Have had a couple close call with rolling an ankle in these
These shoes are GREAT! My husband is the general manager of 6 bike shops, so he's always on his feet, and these are his shoes of choice! They are easy to get on and off, but when you need it, they're easy to tighten. In addition to being great for work, if we want to go for an impromptu hike, there is nothing better. Fit is a tiny bit big as others have mentioned, they're also a little bit on the wider side (definitely not narrow) as many Merrells are.We're on our 4th pair -- not because the others have fallen apart, but because my husband keeps giving them to his boss's teenage son when he wants a new pair :)
I've boughten the Chameleons every year for the past 4 years. They slip on easily yet hug your foot to stay on. I use these all year around from hiking in the woods, walking around town, playing disc golf and trekking through some snow. The shoes aren't waterproof but just buy a $5 can of waterproofer and they will be. Although they work great in the snow the treads on them lead to some slipping during the winter. They run a touch big i think, but the Chameleons always have. Merrell makes fantastic products that last and feel good, can't go wrong with them.
"Best alternative to tennis/running shoes"
I have owned 5 pairs of Chameleon Stretch version lightweight hikers over the past 7-8 years. Obvioulsy, I keep going back to them; they are super comfortable and need little break-in. I use them for everyday footwear in lieu of tennis, running, or cross-training footwear, as well as for biking and day hikes. The inner lining at the counter has in previous versions deteriorated more quickly than the outer, but I have had to reglue (gorilla glue) the vibram sole where it meets the upper's leather at times, but never before a year of steady wear.
I've owned the Chameleon Stretch 2 and the Chameleon Stretch 3, so it was inevitable that I'd eventually own the Chameleon Stretch 4's. They just keep getting better (althought the 3's are the most visually appealing) and these feature the same quality you'd expect from any other Merrell shoe. Now go buy 'em before all the cool kids do.
"Very Comfortable once broken in a lil bit."
I am currently in the woods training 260 days out of the year for the military. Having comfortable shoes really make a difference. The color pattern blends well with my uniform and the tread works well in the medium terrain I operate in.
I got this shoe for hiking, and it's great! It's a great hiking shoe, as well as a good solid everyday shoe. I hike in it but also wear it around for walking around outside. May need to break them in a bit, but once you do, they are wonderful.
Just got these and I cannot describe how comfortable they are, great treads, great fit, the bungee cord works perfectly in place of laces and i really wanted a pair of low tops for hiking around Caumset park and Giants ledge and i found them here
These shoes are very comfortable and have a nice fit. I am not a heavy duty hiker just occasional but they perform very well for my purposes. I am sure that they would be up to the task if you are a serious hiker though the quality is very good.