Merrell Trail Glove 700 Mile Update

Happy 700th Merrell Trail Glove!!!

Today my Merrell Trail Gloves are celebrating their 700 mile birthday(nearly all of those miles on trails,) and I thought I would celebrate by letting my readers know how they are doing.

Having been a dedicated runner for many years, I have run the tred off of more shoes than I can remember, but it is not often that I have put 700 on a single pair. In fact most shoes will never see 500 miles.

What has allowed the Merrell Trail Glove to go the distance when so many others fall short?

In a traditional running shoe the first thing to break down is the padding. as can be expected, the padding breaks down more in the places that absorb the majority of the impact. this can lead to a consistent uneven foot placement with each stride. this can lead to repetitive movement injuries such as runners knee.

Merrell Trail Glove has no padding. this means there is no padding to break down, which translates to many more injury free miles. This means less money on running shoes and more money for entry fees.

There are some considerations that should be taken that I have learned over the last 700 miles.

1. Take time to transition to a zero drop shoe.

Zero drop shoes, such as the Merrell Trail Glove, requires the involvment of the muscles of the calves which may not be appropriately conditioned if transitioning from a running shoe with a heel-toe differential. Begin by wearing the Merrell Trail Glove for one or two shorter runs per week. Slowly incorporate more miles over the next three to four months. Here is a page on Getting Started Minimalist Running.

2. Wear Socks.

Upon purchasing the Merrell Trail Glove I was under the impression that you do not need to wear socks. So sockless I was until my shoes were to putrid to touch. I definately recomend wearing socks with these shoes. A thin layer of socks not only kept my shoes and my feet socially acceptable but also stopped the rubbing on the big toe that I discussed in my initial review of the Merrell Trail Glove.

3. Watch the heel.

The best and worst thing about the Merrell Trail Glove is the lack of padding beneath the heal. This allows for a much smoother and natural stride, however, if you do misstep and land your heel on a rock or other solid object this can bruise your heel which can make the rest of your run considerably less comfortable.

At 700 miles I am not yet ready to retire my Merrell Trail Gloves, but I am bumping them from my primary shoe to my secondary shoe. with the recent influx of minimalist running shoes I have many other shoes to review to make sure continues to provide the best minimalist advice.

Do you have these shoes? Leave your review below.


9 thoughts on “Merrell Trail Glove 700 Mile Update

  1. Hello,
    How has the snugness around the arch you mentioned in your initial review changed, if at all, over the 700+ miles?

    Gracia y paz,


    1. Thanks for reading both posts. The snugness is entirely unnoticeable once the shoes were broken in. I still love these shoes. Though these shoes now have nearly 900 miles on them, virtually no tread left under the forefoot, and I have a pair of New Balance minimize, I still wear my Merrell’s more often than any other shoes. I do strongly suggest that you buy them large enough to wear with socks.


      1. Good morning Levi,

        Thanks for answering my question. It is telling that you still wear them more than other shoes. The pair I just got will accommodate socks, but I have really been considering returning them because of that snugness. Well, I still have some time to think about it. I appreciate your help in making an informed decision.

        Gracia y paz,


  2. Hi,
    I have pace gloves. After first run with these shoes it came clear to me that i was going to like running again. Super shoes. My vomeros are making running painful and dull experience compared to pace gloves. Now i would like to buy a “road” shoe, maybe dash glove? Any experience? Thankyou for nice reviews!

    1. HI Heini,
      I have not used either the dash or the road variations, but I believe the only real difference from previous models is a thicker sole (midsole). If you have had problems with the comfort of the pace glove after a few miles of running you may prefer this added thickness. If you do not have foot soreness than this added midsole is really unnecessary. You may find this review helpful

      Hope that helps,

  3. Hello!

    I have recently bought those shoes but I feel the toe in the front of my left foot, not much but little. I have 28.2 cm foot and the shoe is a 44 that says it is 28 cm. Do you think this will be a problem in the long run?

    Best regards!

    Markus from Sweden

    1. I would always choose to go bigger rather than smaller. It is far better to have more room than not enough room, especially since your feet will swell on the long runs.

  4. I’ve gone with the “All Out Rush” model of trail runners. I like a little more cushion. The old trail gloves served me well. I had gone the route of the sockless followers for a few years without and major blisters. It still seams still the way to fit and wear trail gloves. A run of last summer was a very humid one and my feet started to slip around for the first time on the footbed creating a hot spot on the foward portion of my soles. I had stopped at an aid station to loom at my feet. A young lady assisting at the station gave me a pair of low cut Injinji toe socks to wear. I did and completed the race. One thing I did notice right away; no slippage and less sweaty feel. Yes, putrid feet I don’t miss. I wear these socks now.

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