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Merrell Captiva Launch Waterproof Reviews

201 reviews
total

Overall Rating:

68%Rated 5 stars

8%Rated 4 stars

8%Rated 3 stars

12%Rated 2 stars

4%Rated 1 stars

Customer Fit Survey:

85% "Felt true to size"

89% "Felt true to width"

71% "Moderate arch support"

175 are "Favorable"

Most Helpful Favorable Review

Posted 9/23/12
Overall Rated:3 stars!
Comfort Rated:5 stars!
Style Rated:4 stars!

These are great boots. I have worn and loved mine for three winters. They are super comfortable and relatively waterproof. However, I want to warn folks that the buttons are not secured well. Four of them have come off of mine. The leather also scuffs easily, which means you need to frequently oil them. If you are looking for no maintenance winter boots that you can wear all day every day, you might want to look at some of Merrell's other boots.

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26 are "Critical"

Most Helpful Critical Review

Posted 12/12/13
Overall Rated:2 stars!
Comfort Rated:5 stars!
Style Rated:5 stars!

I love these boots so much. I bought the other color a few months after buying my first pair. I wore them several times a week, and loved that they were waterproof, stylish, and comfortable. I did not even mind when a button fell off one pair. Now, a year later, a zipper on one boot of each pair failed (ripped out). My calves are small (most boots are too wide) so that does not explain the problem. Merrell offered to refund part of the price for the repair, which does not come close to covering it. I am unsure if I should be happy that I had awesome boots for a year or mad about needing to replace them. I love the look of all the similar Merrell boots, but I am scared to buy any at this point.

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3 people found this review helpful  

November 9, 2012

Sarah

from Chicago

I love these boots. I've had them for a year, and they've held up pretty well. I am a nanny, and wear these just about every day to the park. I even bike in them. My only complaint is that I wish they didn't have the buttons on them. I lost one of the buttons, the other day, and I feel like the silver stud is laughing at me.

Overall Rated:3 stars!

Comfort Rated:3 stars!

Style Rated:3 stars!

 

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January 14, 2014

LEAH

from ARCATA, CA

I love these boots! I bought them about two months ago and have worn them almost everyday since. So far, no buttons have come loose as other customers have warned. They are true to size, just roomy enough to allow thick socks and tucked in pant legs. These boots have been the perfect balance between weatherproof-ness, comfort, and style. No lasting scuffs, stains, or waterspots! I've worn them to work, on wet walks, out at night and everywhere in between. Go Merrell!

Brands I'd also recommend: Clarks

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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December 12, 2013

Lisa J

from PA

I have never written an online review for any purchase but I am so incredibly pleased with my Merrell Captiva boots that I had to submit my thoughts. I have a very small foot--size 5, sometimes even a 4-- and so it is hard to find a comfortable stylish boot. I ordered several different brands a month before I went to France for a 12 day business trip and decided on the Merrell's. I just need to say that these are the most comfortable, cool boots I have ever owned and am thrilled with my decision. I wore them non-stop and was on my feet for the majority of this time. They were the only shoes I wore the entire trip, and my feet never got tired. I could not believe how lucky I was, as I have never had such an experience with boots before. I even like how they look scuffed up a little from constant use. Thank you Merrell and Zappos.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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November 19, 2013

Lucy

 

I love these boots. I got them about three months ago in preparation for a rainy Seattle winter and I have never been so satisfied with a purchase in my whole life. They started out a bit tight, but they loosened up after a week or so of wear, and they feel like they were made for me. I do a lot of walking, and my feet feel great. They're probably the most comfortable pair of shoes I've ever owned, comparable to Doc Martens but much quieter and less chunky. I tested out the waterproof-ness by walking around in the ocean, and they didn't let the water in. Very cool! I am 5'8" and they come up to about mid-calf on me. It's a good height, and they look cute with trousers and dresses alike. As for style, I love that they look plain from the front and fancier from the back. They have an almost Scandinavian look about them. I feel as if these boots would be well-suited to both an active, fashionable city lifestyle as well as a more rural lifestyle- I think I could even be happy hiking in them. There aren't really any cons to speak of. One button did pop off after about a month, though. Also, the shaft portion of the boot did loosen by a little bit after some wear, becoming less fitted to the calf. So, all in all: they're expensive, but worth every penny.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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March 16, 2013

Amanda B

from Indiana

I've had these for about a month and I'm very happy with them. They're quite comfortable and the buttons on the back look stylish, in a Victorian (Steam-punk?) sort of way. I've gotten many compliments. They are definitely waterproof - I got caught in a rainstorm wearing these and while my companions were miserable in their soaking shoes I stayed completely dry. The arch support in these is decent, though not as high as some shoe's I've owned. I might consider putting in an insert for the sake of my very, very high arches. These are quite roomy on my narrow feet so that shouldn't be a problem.

Brands I'd also recommend: Clarks, Ecco

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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February 13, 2013

Anonymous

from Southwest Virginia

I love these boots. Strike the right balance between form and function. In rain and sleet and snow my feet have stayed warm and dry. I don't seriously expect them to keep out water if I wade in the creek -- "waterproof" only goes so far when you're talking leather construction, but I've been very happy with them as an all-weather "civilian-grade" boot. They're lightweight, good sole tread, and much cuter than a lot of other rain/snow boots. Not for hiking mountains or tromping through the Everglades, though I bet they'd do a lot better than many. Oh - and all of my jeans, even flare/boot cut jeans, can tuck inside them, but they also go under jeans nicely for an unobtrusive rain/snow boot. Not too tall - I can't stand tall boots digging into my knees, I'm 5'2", size 7M, runs true to size with room for thick socks but fine with thin ones. Only vaguely stiff which I only notice going down stairs - due more to the fitted shaft than the sole/base of the boot. An all-around great boot.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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December 9, 2012

Daphne D

from Burlington, CO

My favorite boot ever for casual wear! Only glitch was that one of button covers came off with very little wear.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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January 19, 2014

Anonymous

 

I have had these boots about two years and have loved them. It is only recently that one of the buttons came off, and I just put black nail polish on that spot so the silver didn't stand out. However, the boots have lost their waterproof element, which is a problem for me, since I like to wear them with dresses to work (in NYC) when it is rainy/snowy. While I can't see any openings, water now seeps in one of the seams on the bottom and my right foot always ends up wet. I plan to take them to shoe repair in hopes that it can be fixed. If not, I'll probably buy another pair, but I do expect boots at this price to last a long time (I've had a pair from JCrew for 20 years and some from Kenneth Cole that have lasted more than a dozen years).

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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October 25, 2012

Kendra

from Madison, WI

The shaft on these boots is a bit low, so they don't look great on my 5'10" frame, but they're really nice boots. They'd be perfect for someone 5'5" or under. I love that they're good to go in wet weather- much better looking than rubber rain boots. They aren't super dressy, due to the thick rubber sole, but they're a nice casual look especially if you have a lot of walking to do. The leather is nice color and quality and I like the button detailing. My calves are about 15" around at the widest, and I can easily tuck a pair of jeans into these. They feel the tiniest bit narrow, and could use a bit more arch support, but I have a very high arch. Would definitely recommend.

Brands I'd also recommend: teva, clarks, keen

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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October 31, 2012

Anonymous

from Denver

Unfortunately, the shape of the toe ball of this boot flares out a bit and ends up looking a bit manly on my feet. Also, I must have extra pronounced angle bones, because the zipper on this boot pressed uncomfortable on them. I'm keeping the Ugg Deanna's I ordered instead.

Brands I'd also recommend: Ugg

Overall Rated:3 stars!

Comfort Rated:3 stars!

Style Rated:3 stars!

 

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December 12, 2013

Deborah

from VT

I love these boots so much. I bought the other color a few months after buying my first pair. I wore them several times a week, and loved that they were waterproof, stylish, and comfortable. I did not even mind when a button fell off one pair. Now, a year later, a zipper on one boot of each pair failed (ripped out). My calves are small (most boots are too wide) so that does not explain the problem. Merrell offered to refund part of the price for the repair, which does not come close to covering it. I am unsure if I should be happy that I had awesome boots for a year or mad about needing to replace them. I love the look of all the similar Merrell boots, but I am scared to buy any at this point.

Brands I'd also recommend: Born

Overall Rated:2 stars!

Comfort Rated:2 stars!

Style Rated:2 stars!

 

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November 12, 2013

Anonymous

 

These boots are pretty short. I was looking for a nearly knee high boot, but I am 5 11, if you're a tall girl these boots just look weird. I still wear them, I've had them for 3 years. The zipper recently broke and came apart after it was zipped and I was wearing them. I don t wear them often because of the weird height on me but even with very infrequent wearing they haven't held up well. Especially considering the price. Stick with Keen boots, they re much better quality.

Overall Rated:2 stars!

Comfort Rated:2 stars!

Style Rated:2 stars!

 

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February 16, 2013

Anonymous

from New York

I got these boots at the beginning of the season and loved them. They fit perfectly right away, they are wide and comfortable. But almost immediately, one of the buttons broke off. No big deal...they were so comfortable I didn't mind. But then...a month later, the zipper broke. I loved these boots, so I contacted Zappos and exchanged them for a new pair. Now, a month later...the zipper is breaking in the same place! I am returning them, again, and I asked the woman if they had lots of problems with these boots, and she said they had, not necessarily with the zipper, but with the buttons and other problems. It's too bad because they are amazing in every other way, but they just don't hold up.

Overall Rated:2 stars!

Comfort Rated:2 stars!

Style Rated:2 stars!

 

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January 3, 2013

Heather

from New York

These boots are comfortable, right out of the box. I wore them twice and a button came off. I called Merrell and they sent me replacement buttons. I have had this pair of boots for a month. Every time I wear them, a button pops off. I have run out of replacement buttons (they sent me a dozen buttons). I really like them, but when I wear them, I am constantly checking to see if one of the buttons have fallen off, and, every time I wear them, one falls off. I am disappointed. I love my other Merrell shoes. These cost way too much to have to deal with the buttons constantly falling off.

Overall Rated:1 stars!

Comfort Rated:1 stars!

Style Rated:1 stars!

 

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May 29, 2014

Di

 

I love these! Great boot! I'm between an 8 and 8.5. The 8's were okay for me so I would say they may be considered running large.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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May 15, 2014

Anonymous

 

I wore them for one winter season and a button fell off one of the boots. Otherwise I would recommend them. I wore them a lot and I can say they are comfortable, waterproof and easy to put on and take off.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

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April 25, 2014

Kelly

 

Bought these boots for a recent rainy trip to New York City and I absolutely loved them. I wore them for two days straight, traipsing around all of New York. My feet stayed dry and super comfortable the whole time. I have ankle problems and was nervous that they wouldn't have enough support for a lot of walking, but I was proven wrong. My feet felt great! My only minor complaint is after hours of rain and water my feet were a little cold. These boots aren't lined, so it was to be expected. However on day 2 I wore an extra pair of socks and the problem was solved.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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April 16, 2014

Elisa m

from los ángeles

I am really happy with these boots! I needed a really comfortable boot that I could do a lot of walking in. I did not leave enough time to "break" them in. I did not want to wear tennis shoes. I wore them every day for 2 1/2 weeks on my London Trip. They were perfect!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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April 15, 2014

Anonymous

 

Yep, these babies are just the best. I receive many compliments and have for years. I am thinking of buying a black pair from Zappos because back when I bought my brown pair, the black pairs looked cheap with some faux satin material for the straps where the brown pair had detail straps made from same material as the boot. The pic here looks like perhaps a different fabric use on the black boot now. BUT I own two pairs already, and I surely did not pay this price for either.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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April 10, 2014

Ellen a

from NY

I've ordered and sent back a few boots now, and these are definitely keepers. They are very comfortable and stylish. Even though the 9.5 is a little long, I'm keeping them over the 9 (my size) as the 9s felt too snug. I've been reading a lot of reviews about the buttons coming off...I hope that doesn't happen as the buttons are a key feature. These boots come halfway-3/4 up my calf (I am 5'4") and offer a form fit to my moderate sized calf.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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March 26, 2014

Anonymous

from NYC

I love the style of this boot. I'd noticed someone with them on during a 6 hour delay at the airport and needless to say had a lot of time to study them! It took 3x to get them right. The first pair one of the boots was a lot larger than the other. I ordered my standard size 10. Then the second round was really big. So I went with a 9 1/2 and they were fine. They take a bit of breaking in, esp around the zipper area at the ankle, but are very comfortable. I get compliments all the time and a friend ended up buying them, too!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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March 25, 2014

Heather C

from United States

I love these boots - my second pair. They run a bit big, but I like that as then I can wear an extra pair of socks when I want. Only issue - The button/snaps come of the decorative back lacings. Merrell would do well to include extras when these boots are purchased.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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March 6, 2014

Snowy W

from Philadelphia PA

Love these boots. They are completely waterproof. I wear them with jeans or leggings. They look very cute. I have received many compliments on them. Even though they are great boots for snow, slush etc, they also look stylish. I wear a 10.5 and they run true to size. My calves are thin and I have a lot of trouble with boot calves being gigantic! These boots are not as snug as I would like; however, they look good. So if you have a thin calf, give it a try. I also had a problem the first day I wore them when two buttons popped off the back. Zappos immediately sent me a replacement. Yay Zappos!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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February 26, 2014

Bella

from California

LOVE these boots! I usually wear a 8 1/2 W and took a risk buying these boots with a M width. I got them, and they fit perfect! The width is perfect, and they are VERY good quality. I mean, there Merrells...where can you go wrong! Don't hesitate, these are great and sexy boots!

Brands I'd also recommend: Cobb Hill

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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February 26, 2014

Anonymous

from Denmark

I've worn these boots everyday this winter. I bought them for living abroad in Europe, where we walk no matter what the weather. My feet stay warm, dry, and most of all comfortable. I walk miles everyday in them with never a blister or tired feet. Great roominess in the toes. They are easy to clean with a wet cloth (I don't even oil them). Best boots I've ever owned!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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