We reveal our verdict on the Merrell Flux Glove Sport shoes.



As the name suggests, the Merrell Flux Glove Sports have a snug and immediately comfy fit.

The mesh-laden upper is flexy, breathable and holds the foot securely without pinching while the footbed is comfy with or without socks and has a wide enough toebox to allow your pinkies to spread easily.

Out on the road, the zero heel-to-toe drop is immediately apparent, forcing you to run on your forefoot. The 4mm of EVA midsole padding takes only the slightest edge out of the pavement, meaning a flexible sole with great road feel, but a potentially painful proposition for longer runs.

To combat this, we found that we naturally upped our cadence to lessen contact time with the ground – all in-keeping with the barefoot ethos.

The Vibram outsole meant great grip – but showed wear quickly – and the arch support was just enough to avoid collapse. Be warned though, adjust to the zero-drop slowly or your calves will be screaming in pain for days.


  • Overall: 3 out of 5

Pros: The mesh-laden upper is breathable and holds the foot securely without pinching.

Cons: Potentially painful for longer runs.

  • Price: £80
  • Contact: merrell.com/uk
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