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.
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