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Merrell Barefoot Sonic Glove Reviews

29 reviews
total

Overall Rating:

71%Rated 5 stars

17%Rated 4 stars

8%Rated 3 stars

0%Rated 2 stars

4%Rated 1 stars

Customer Fit Survey:

69% "Felt true to size"

79% "Felt true to width"

48% "No arch support"

Additional 9 Barefoot Sonic Glove Merrell Reviews

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3 people found this review helpful  

August 13, 2011

Jeremiah F

from United States

So I am a 260 pound competitive strong man and powerlifter. I run on average 4 days a week. 2 days for 30 minutes of light running, two days of HIIT training. I had been buying running shoes that were thicker soled just because I felt the need to cushion my impact then one day I had an aha moment. I realized, it's my shoes causing this pain having the incline from heal to toe. I bought these shoes to see if I was right. I was. These shoes are great, they're extremely comfortable, I wear them all the time, even at work. No more knee pain no more leg pain and as counter intuitive as it is, its great having the 4mm sole. Once you get the hang of the barefoot running style and stop putting all the stress of your stride on the front of your knee, because of the heel incline, you'll start feeling so much better. Even when I walk I don't heel strike any more. I am certain I will be buying at least 2 more pairs in the coming months. Also yes, this is for people with narrow feet. I do not have narrow feet, but these shoes are still great.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt true to size

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

April 8, 2012

Benjamin

from Freeport

Having purchased this pair of shoes a couple of weeks ago for hiking, I am simply in love with them. They are one of the most comfortable pair of shoes I have ever purchased. However, they do run around a half-size too large! I usually wear a 10.5 and I wear a 10 in these. They are stylish enough to wear going out, and well made enough to hike and free-run in. The 125 dollar price tag, which had me apprehensive at first, has been well worth it.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt a half size larger than marked

 

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Excellent arch support

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

March 5, 2012

Anonymous

from West Chester, PA

Great shoe for its intended purpose. It is truly a barefoot sneaker, but that is what I was looking for. I use it mostly for weight lifting and it gives a good feel of the floor with no actual in-shoe support, which is what I was looking for. I highly recommend this shoe.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt true to size

 

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No arch support

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

February 19, 2012

Anonymous

from Florida

I wear a size 11.5 men in just about every running shoe out there, the Hattori has so far been the only one that didn't feel true to size. I read all of the reviews written about the Merrell Barefoot Sonic Glove and decided to go with a half size up and order a 12. That was a mistake. This shoe is true to size, and I strongly recommend sticking with your usual running shoe size. I can't review anything else about the shoe being that I'm returning this pair as soon as possible. I ordered them for crossfit and outdoor running, and I am confident these can handle Marine Corps pt. Zappos has been awesome as always, I'm deployed to Afghanistan and still got these shoes in nine days!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

February 13, 2012

Anonymous

from San Diego, Ca.

Since the woman's sizes didn't have widths wide enough, I bought a medium width in a men's shoe (with customer service help to choose size). The size fits perfect. I have them on right now. My requirements were lightweight and comfortable. They have a wide toe box which I need because of bunions. I walk 3-4 miles a day and the arch support seems like it is good enough for that. A plus is they are water repellent as well.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt true to size

 

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Moderate arch support

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

November 29, 2011

Stan B

from Kansas City Mo.

What a great shoe! This the way that we were created to walk in a shoe! My feet have never felt better and legs have stopped aching and I walk almost 8 miles a night at work!

Brands I'd also recommend: I would not! Just stick with the Merrell's

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt true to size

 

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Excellent arch support

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

November 21, 2011

Adam K

from Urbana, Illinois

This is very comfortable but also very tight fit. I've only been wearing them about 4 weeks, so it's too early to judge long-term durability. But I love that they keep my feet dry, so I can cross-fit in them and also wear them around town.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt a half size smaller than marked

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

October 18, 2011

Anonymous

from California

I love these shoes, but they won't work for everyone. The arch support is very obvious and unless you have the perfectly shaped foot for the arch (like me) it will be uncomfortable for your foot (like my wife). Love having a "barefoot" shoe without toes, though!

Brands I'd also recommend: Vibram

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt true to size

 

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Excellent arch support

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

August 29, 2011

Anonymous

from Washington

I wanted to try a minimal running shoe but I'm not a huge fan of the finger-shoe look, so I did some research and found that these were highly recommended. They turned out to be perfect for what I was looking for, which was mainly a zero-heel, flexible shoe. They feel good to run in; light and fast. I do need to wear some thin socks with them,because the back edge digs into my heel a bit.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt true to size

 

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No arch support

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

August 13, 2011

Jason M

from Wichita, Kansas

These have a very good minimal feel, there is no obnoxious heel cushioning. I feel fast and agile in these shoes. My feet are a little wide, causing some initial discomfort, but the shoes break in within a week and they are very comfortable now. The soles seem very durable for being so light and flexible, but are somewhat slippery in wet conditions. I will review these again in six months after seeing how they hold up over time.

Brands I'd also recommend: VivoBarefoot, New Balance Minimus.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt true to size

 

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Moderate arch support

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

June 29, 2011

Greg

from San Francisco

Loved the shoe, and it fit great but I ended up deciding the color just wasn't for me. It has a decent "barefoot" design with no rise yet still manages to look like a normal sneaker. I've tried on the Trail Glove and True Glove as well. Of the three, this one looked the best and fit the best. The Trail Glove was felt too narrow in the arch, and the toebox felt a little tight as well. The True Glove fit well but I thought it was kind of ugly.

Brands I'd also recommend: Vivo Barefoot

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Felt true to size

 

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Moderate arch support

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

March 14, 2012

Tim H

from Philadelphia, PA

This is a decent shoe, but it didn't fit me quite right in the heel. I ended up going with the Merrell Barefoot True Glove, which was more comfortable, easier to lace, and has more breath-ability. They're a little on the small side for the same size as well. There's nominal arch support.

Brands I'd also recommend: Vibram

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt a half size smaller than marked

 

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Moderate arch support

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

November 20, 2011

Anonymous

from nj

Only problem is sizing: I wear 8.5 in standard running boots, but had to go to 7.5 in these to match my foot length. When I did that though, they were too tight over the top of my foot right below the laces where I can't loosen them. I suppose my feet are short in length and tall in height, since I have similar problems with VFFs and couldn't wear Saucony Hattoris. I've found the True Glove model to be looser over the top. Sizing issues aside, these are so much more fun to hike around in than boots! There's enough rubber under you to give you a great grip and some protection, but they're thin enough that you're still aware of what you're walking on. Can't feel grass like in VFF KSOs, but sometimes the protection is worth it. The Sonic model is water resistant and warmer than standard open mesh shoes. Good when it's cold, but in warm conditions my feet get wet. And FYI: of the Sonic, Trail, True, and Tough gloves, the only difference is the outer material. I wish Merrell would tell us that.

Brands I'd also recommend: vibram fivefingers, saucony kinvara

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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Felt a full size larger than marked

 

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No arch support

 

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Felt narrower than marked

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

October 12, 2011

Bill H

from Trenton NJ

I had been training for a race without proper running shoes and was blown away by how much of an improvement I saw once I got these shoes. My first 5k time cut a full 7% off my previous best, which was unbelievable. Be aware that these shoes offer absolutely no support to speak of- they are aptly named as they are like a "glove" for your foot. I have intermittent ankle problems, so I have to wear a brace or wrap when I run in these because they have zero ankle support at all. Something to look out for. I also love that they're vegan shoes, as it can be hard for me to find good ones.

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

July 27, 2011

Andrew R

from Savage, Minnesota

The shoes look and feel great, but the toe box is a little too wide, and the shoe is too long overall. I ordered my sonic gloves a full size smaller than what I usually wear and they were still extremely long. These shoes are built for people with very long, narrow feet. Other than the sizing issues, these shoes are great for just about anything, whether it be a long run or just a casual summer day.

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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Felt a full size larger than marked

 

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No arch support

 

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1 person found this review helpful  

May 25, 2012

Mike M

from Massachusetts

I am new to CrossFit and wanted to get a "step up" on the others at my box so I thought I'd try these. Definitely makes me feel more agile and my box jumps have improved as well. They have enough cushion to run and seem to be made of materials that will stand the test of time. I found it to be a little narrow in the middle of my foot with lots of room in the toe box. I thought too much at first but this is advantageous when running and jumping because of how much your toes should spread when performing these activities. Good traction and comfortable. Overall I would recommend them. Merrell's rock!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt true to size

 

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Moderate arch support

 

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Felt narrower than marked

 

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1 person found this review helpful  

May 16, 2012

Nick

 

To anyone who bought these, would they be suitable for working in a hospital, where I am on my feet about 10 hrs a day?

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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1 person found this review helpful  

April 24, 2012

Anonymous

from Austin Tx

This shoe is practically weightless, very high quality materiel, rough for off terrain running, comfy for wearing in doors and outside. I'm ordering another pare just for wearing around. The best shoe I've ever touched/owned.

Brands I'd also recommend: I would first off pick Merrel Barefoot's, the Ecco Biom, and SKORA

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Felt true to size

 

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Excellent arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt true to width

 

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February 15, 2013

Anonymous

 

Love them! My second pair of Barefoots after my Tough Gloves, wanted the same comfort in a sport shoe, absolutely love them! Very comfortable, feel great at the gym, both doing cardio and weight training. Great shoe.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Felt true to size

 

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No arch support

 

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Felt true to width

 

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January 19, 2013

Anonymous

 

Had a really nice 10 mile run in the snow with these. Love them in the rain too. Fit just like trail gloves, but upper material feels a bit stiffer (waterproofing rather than mesh), but still comfortable to me.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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August 24, 2012

Anonymous

 

My husband loves these. He is in the military and is always on the go and keeping fit and these have definitely kept up with his life style. They felt true to size and were very comfortable and he said they offered him excellent support!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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October 25, 2012

Ben

 

I was really excited about this shoe; and at first everything seemed great! As I wore them more however, the back of the shoe began to rub very painfully on my achilles. Not good. I was able to mostly solve that problem by tightening the laces more but this created a lot of pressure points on the top of my foot that were very uncomfortable. I could occasionally get them to a comfortable tightness, but after walking/running around, another pressure point would develop. I'm going to explore other Merrell barefoot shoes, but I don't think I'll be trying the Sonic Glove on again any time soon.

Overall Rated:3 stars!

Comfort Rated:3 stars!

Style Rated:3 stars!

 

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Felt true to size

 

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No arch support

 

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Felt true to width

 

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July 2, 2012

Friday U

from Arcata, California

These shoes appear to be well constructed, but I haven't had them long enough to be sure. Their styling is nice. They also appear to fit well. The first time I tried them on, they felt fine with and without socks, so I put socks on for my first run. I got less than half a mile before I had open, oozing blisters high on my heel, where the top of the shoe rubs. It's been a couple weeks, and I've been wearing moleskin each time, and I can now run about one mile before the pain starts up.

Brands I'd also recommend: New Balance Minimus - way better shoe

Overall Rated:3 stars!

Comfort Rated:3 stars!

Style Rated:3 stars!

 

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Felt true to size

 

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No arch support

 

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September 6, 2012

Patrick m

from Connecticut

I hate these shoes. Don't buy them. I usually love Merrell products -- I've probably bought six pairs of Merrells including the excellent Jungle Moc 3 times. But these are badly designed and I curse myself for spending the money. I walked around in them in the house, they felt, kind of okay, but you can't tell about a shoe until you actually do stuff in them. And then you can't return them. So be warned: the heel cups cut, the sole is strange, they're even hard to put on or take off. I prefer other kinds of "unconstructed" or "bare foot" shoes, like the New Balances I had before the Merrells and the ones I bought after the Merrells. Too much money.

Brands I'd also recommend: New Balance

Overall Rated:1 stars!

Comfort Rated:1 stars!

Style Rated:1 stars!

 

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Felt a half size smaller than marked

 

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No arch support

 

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