These Merrell shoes are incredibly comfortable and are good for light hiking or daily wear. I was wearing a shoe that created pressure on the inner part of my ankle from the medial malleolus (inner ankle bone protuberance) to the sole of my foot, and this shoe instantly relieved that pain. They have a roomy toe box even though they have a sleek line that angles back on the outer edge. They look much more streamlined than the traditional rounded toe.
You can see the streamlined angle on the outer edge here.
I have worn my last pair of Merrell’s for so many years that I don’t even know how long I’ve had them. They have got to be the most comfortable shoes that I have ever worn. When I sprung for these shoes at $90, I was looking for the same experience. While these are fantastic, they do not have the Vibram sole that is on my old ones and that is a big difference. They do have the M Select GRIP outsole which provides good traction, but they are not nearly as cushioned as the Vibram sole. When I ordered these shoes, I was not aware that Merrell makes both kinds. The Vibram sole is softer and provides better grip with greater comfort than the M Select GRIP. These shoes do have a lower profile than my old Merrell’s and that might be a selling point for some people, but when I order more Merrell’s, I will make sure to get the Vibram sole.
These shoes are gender-specific in that they are designed for the way a woman moves. Our center of gravity is different from a man’s and having this particular feature does make them feel balanced and secure when you walk. This gender-specific trait is one reason that I like Merrell shoes. It makes a difference in your gait and therefore is more supportive of your musculoskeletal system. A very good chiropractor once told me that great shoes will save you a world of back pain. That has been a true statement in my life.
The Q2 has triple zone arch support and cradles your foot when you walk. The insole is contoured like your foot and the shank is molded nylon. All of these details provide a very comfortable shoe. If it had the Vibram sole, this shoe would be perfect. I will be ordering some Merrell’s with a Vibram sole, but in the meantime, I am enjoying these shoes. They are stable enough for most situations, but the softer Vibram sole is better for stability and comfort. They are not waterproof and don’t claim to be so that should not be a problem.
I noticed that they are on sale on their website right now for $35!!! I paid $90.
If you want a great shoe and aren’t looking for Vibram technology, this is the time to shop!