If you have been following this blog for a while then you are aware of my affinity for Merrell and their wonderful Barefoot shoes. Both Josh and I have owned a number of their “glove” offerings, the minimalist sole is supportive without being heavy, I feel more balanced and move faster in them while working.
However I have started running again and could feel my feet start to fatigue after about two miles while wearing the pace glove. I don’t want to go back to a structured running shoe but also don’t want sore feet. Minimalist shoes really work for me, they are not ideal for everyone. I did break down and purchase a new pair of shoes but was never really happy with them, especially after a 5K in them. While shopping for new hiking boots I saw something exciting, the newest evolution from Merrell, Bare Access.
They are AMAZING!!!! Just a slight upgraded sole, some additional arch support but still very light. My feet feel no fatigue and still feel very connected to the ground. Plus they are cute, I am actually amazed at how well they match just about everything. I wear they not just to run but also at work when we are setting up events. I found that after switching to a minimalist shoe I moved much safer at work. You feel you steps and I don’t trip over things and can move better around the gear as we are working. This is just my option. If you have tried a bare or low profile show before but found them lacking I would recommend giving the Access series a try.
***This blog is not sponsored by or connected to Merrell/Wolverine Shoe company. I simply believe in the product and wish to share my experiences.***
I feel your pain. I walk over 20 miles a day and support for my feet is very important. I have been wearing Avia’s. They have extra support for those that have high arches. Years ago, I wore Brooks. They were very light weight.