Merrell Barefoot Run Vapor Glove Reviews

93 reviews
total

Overall Rating:

88%Rated 5 stars

4%Rated 4 stars

4%Rated 3 stars

4%Rated 2 stars

0%Rated 1 stars

Customer Fit Survey:

80% "Felt true to size"

94% "Felt true to width"

75% "No arch support"

85 are "Favorable"

Most Helpful Favorable Review

Posted 4/23/13
Overall Rated:4 stars!
Comfort Rated:3 stars!
Style Rated:4 stars!

First, I have to say that I'm pleased with this shoe overall. It's light and extremely minimal, which is what I wanted. However, I'm not sure what happened at Merrell between the v1 & v2 of their Barefoot/M-Connect relative to internal shoe upper construction. I have a pair of original Road Gloves which are possibly my favorite all-purpose running shoe right now and I recently ran an 8K PR in them. Note that I grew accustomed to running in them *without socks*. Then, late last fall, I purchased the Bare Access 2. Given the cold in Chicago, I consistently wore them with socks - specifically double-layer Wrightsocks (awesome socks, btw). With the weather recently warming, I took the BA2 out for my first run without socks and had major blisters and hotspots on both the top and bottom of both feet. It was more pronounced medial side of the ball of my foot. Concurrently, I bought a pair of Vapor Gloves (had to go down a full size from both the RG & BA2). In my first run in those, I had exactly the same blistering and host spot problem but more pronounced on the top of my feet, just under my toes. This time, I noticed that the interior fabric next to the stitching is somewhat frayed and downright sharp in some places. After noticing that, I checked the inside of the BA2 and, while not as frayed as the Vapors, it's definitely not as seamless as the original Road Gloves. Running with socks in both shoes is awesome and I don't notice the stitching at all. However, with Summer approaching, I was definitely hoping that both the Vapor Glove and BA2 would be good sockless options like the original RG was. Who knows, maybe the fraying will dull with time and regular wear. Just not totally what I was hoping for.

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8 are "Critical"

Most Helpful Critical Review

Posted 6/17/13
Overall Rated:2 stars!
Comfort Rated:2 stars!
Style Rated:4 stars!

Looks great and is so lightweight but it rubs the top of my big toe. It's long enough, just not high enough in the toe box for me.

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May 11, 2014

Anonymous

from Dallas, TX

I've owned and worn these shoes for about 4 months now, and I must say that they are awesome! If you are nimble on your bare feet and live in flat sandals or moccasins like I do, I would certainly recommend trying these. They have made such a difference for me when it comes to running. I dreaded running before I tried these shoes, which is probably because the traditionally thick-soled running shoes I always wore were incompatible with my natural gait. No kidding, the first time I wore these to run, I finished a mile three minutes faster than my usual time. I felt like I was flying with nothing holding me back. I also wear these for weight training and core workouts, and I love how grippy the sole is. They will keep you in place when you need it. This may sound goofy, but I feel much safer going down stairs in these shoes, not only because of the grippy sole, but because the shoes are thin enough that my toes have more control on the stairs, if that makes sense to anyone else. Overall, I'm just very pleased with these shoes and I plan to buy a second pair soon. They're not going to be for everyone, but they're definitely for me!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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June 10, 2013

Anonymous

from California

These are fantastic. Fit perfectly...like a glove! And I love that all the packaging...inserts in shoe, etc. is not plastic and all recyclable. Way to go Merrell!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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July 31, 2013

Anonymous

 

Received these shoes and am quite happy with them but the right shoe, inside under laces had a rough edge and rubbing against my foot. Will return for a new pair.

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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June 27, 2013

Shelly

from USA

Overall, I like the shoe, but the sizing is a bit off. Initially, I purchased a size 9 1/2, but they were a little big. So I ordered the 9 and they were too small. In the end, I returned the size nine, and keep the 9 1/2. The shoes are cute, and if I wear them with socks they fit a little better. The downside, the whole point of these shoes is the barefoot feel, so wearing socks sort of defeats the purpose.

Overall Rated:3 stars!

Comfort Rated:3 stars!

Style Rated:3 stars!

 

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June 17, 2013

Anonymous

from KS

Looks great and is so lightweight but it rubs the top of my big toe. It's long enough, just not high enough in the toe box for me.

Brands I'd also recommend: stuck on merrell!

Overall Rated:2 stars!

Comfort Rated:2 stars!

Style Rated:2 stars!

 

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January 7, 2015

Anonymous

from santa cruz

I bought these for the gym but I cannot stop wearing them all day. They are so comfortable even with a bunion and hammertoe.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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December 10, 2014

Anonymous

from Boston, MA

These shoes are amazing. I think they might be the perfect barefoot running shoes. I've been running in the Vibram Five Fingers for a couple of years now and switched to these to keep my toes a little bit warmer in cold weather. Just be aware that the soles are very thin. I think they're actually a little bit thinner than my Vibrams. I actually ended up sizing up and adding an insole for a little extra padding.

Brands I'd also recommend: Vibram Five Fingers

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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December 9, 2014

Anonymous

 

This shoe is comfortable and very flexible, but you do feel every rock and bump. They have a light grip and I wear them everywhere. They are great in gym.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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November 30, 2014

Anonymous

from Charleston, SC

I have plantar fasciitis and my chiropractor recommended that I try these. I learned I was heel striking when I walk or putting too much pressure on my heels. These shoes will let you know immediately any form problems with your walking. I am using them to help me walk using correct form. These shoes force me to have a narrower stride; walking with too large of a stride was part of my problem. They are comfortable shoes and very different from any other shoes.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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November 22, 2014

Stacy F

from Waianae, HI

I love these shoes! They look fabulous -- I love the colors -- and they are seriously comfortable. Sizing was right on.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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October 31, 2014

Sandy

from Florida

Love these shoes, they fit great and feel good on. Very light and comfortable. Definitely recommend these shoes. For running and working out at the gym.

Brands I'd also recommend: nike adidas

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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October 23, 2014

Erica W

from Seattle

These great shoes feel like slippers. If you want a shoe that makes you feel like you are barefoot, these are for you! They are super comfortable and light. They are great for barefoot running. I bought a second pair.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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October 4, 2014

Anonymous

from Des Moines, IA

Comfy shoe -- feels like a slipper. Not great in water, but if your feet do get wet, the shoe dries pretty fast. I bought a half size up and they fit fine.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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September 22, 2014

Martha W

from Playa del Rey CA

They fit like gloves and look like tropical fish! The colors make me smile every time I look at them. What more could a person ask for? I wear these shoes to the gym, not for running. You can feel every tile on the floor thru the barefoot sole - but that's not a problem for me.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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September 19, 2014

Christine

from Delafield, Wisconsin

Perfect shoe for me! I worked out barefoot for P90X but needed a bit more traction for P90X3. These are exactly what I was looking for.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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September 19, 2014

Anonymous

from San Diego, CA

I don't know what I'm going to do if they stop making these shoes! I used to wear Vibram Fivefingers, but don't like having my toes separated so switched to these. They have the same ground feel and flexibility. I've been running in them for a long time now and they last for many miles (probably because the soles are Vibram!), though my first pair is now starting to get some pilling on the liner (not a big deal). If you like barefoot style running or walking but don't want to look like you have gorilla feet, these shoes are a great alternative.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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September 6, 2014

Milly m

from Kirkland Washington

I love these shoes! I like going bare foot except over small sharp rocks, so I put an insert of fitted soles when hiking on rocky paths. I bought them for a rafting trip in the Grand Canyon; they can get wet and the bottom will grip the large rocks.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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September 2, 2014

Paula

from Orlando FL

These shoes may be the most comfortable, lightweight, and flexible minimalist shoes I've ever worn! My feet are narrow and my arch is almost flat. Those two things make shoe buying difficult, but these shoes fit like a glove! Well done!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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September 2, 2014

Paula

from Beautiful Murrieta California

Our family has been wearing Merrells for the longest time. I just ordered these workout shoes and I had to immediately put them on!! They are so comfortable, we have never been disappointed in the Merrell brand. Merrell's are an exceptional brand! You cant buy a better tennis shoe - anywhere!! Merrells Rule!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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August 29, 2014

Ann F

from Hawaii

I love these shoes! They are comfortable, true to size, & have a roomy toe box. I am a walker, not a runner, and wanted the "barefoot feel" without the rocks, and without trying to put each toe in its own compartment! I wear them with socks to help cushion an arthritic toe. It's important to let your body get use to them incrementally, as different muscles will be used.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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August 28, 2014

Anonymous

from WV

These shoes are amazing! I have extremely flat feet and am normally very comfortable in ballet flats, but sneakers have been terrible to find. My husband loves his 5 toed shoes, but I wanted something cuter. These are great - there's plenty of room in the toe box and there is no built in arch support. They do take a little bit of time to get used to wearing, but I really like them!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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August 23, 2014

Debra s

from Kalamazoo Michigan

I love these shoes so much! They are perfect for me because I like lightweight breathable shoes when I run. Zappos is awesome, too. I had no trouble with my order and it was on time, too! A trifecta order!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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August 21, 2014

Anonymous

from Des Moines

I got these shoes to avoid having to buy traditional water shoes to take to Hawaii, turns out they're fantastic for everything else as well. My only, seriously ONLY, complaint was when I got sand in them the inside padding/lining held on to what seemed like an infinite amount of sand. These were not advertised as water/ocean shoes but the surely protected my feet while walking on coral and lava rocks.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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August 19, 2014

Dee R

from Prescott, AZ

Next best thing to bare feet. This are just the shoe I needed to run about places where I need to wear shoes. I am not a runner, but was looking for a comfy, next-to-nothing shoe to wear on a daily basis. These shoes do not disappoint. Would wear a pair with some glitz on dressier occasions, too.

Brands I'd also recommend: Keen, Teva

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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July 18, 2014

Matthew C

from United States

I bought the precursor to this shoe 18 months ago and it has made a dramatic difference in my plantar fasciitis. I am back for a second pair as I've worn the others heavily and the wear is finally starting to show. After wearing these a little, I think this version has an even roomier toe box. The sole is so flexible I can fold the shoe entirely in half. Love the fit and comfort. Am not wild about the color options. I wish there were something more neutral available.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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