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Merrell Bare Access Arc 3 Reviews

33 reviews
total

Overall Rating:

64%Rated 5 stars

24%Rated 4 stars

12%Rated 3 stars

0%Rated 2 stars

0%Rated 1 stars

Customer Fit Survey:

79% "Felt true to size"

70% "Felt true to width"

55% "Moderate arch support"

Additional 13 Bare Access Arc 3 Merrell Reviews

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April 18, 2014

Debbie C

from Coy, AR

These are my favorite shoes ever. I hope to get one in every color and my daughters love them also. The toe area is so roomy.

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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July 2, 2014

Anonymous

from New Mexico

I'm not a runner, but have been looking for a comfy sneaker for walking all day at theme parks later in the summer. I'm a fan of Merrells. However, these fit very differently from my Mix Master Glides. The toe box on these is wide, but low in height, so my big toe, while it doesn't touch the end of the shoe, the top of it is constantly rubbing against the inside of the shoe so much I will be returning it. And because the toe box is so wide, I believe other reviewers here when they say the next half size up would have me swimming in it. I'm also flat-footed, and the cushioning inside feels like it's tipping my feet even more into my flat arches. Perhaps this is a desirable thing for those transitioning into barefoot/minimal shoes, but it won't work for me. Sad, though. I think they're really cute.

Overall Rated:3 stars!

Comfort Rated:3 stars!

Style Rated:3 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt a half size larger than marked

 

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No arch support

 

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Felt true to width

 

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August 18, 2014

Anonymous

from New York

I love these. They are not constructed for long, power walks but for everything else, they are lightweight, roomy and so easy to wear.

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

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt wider than marked

 

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August 6, 2014

Anonymous

from Minnesota

Love them as good outdoor walking shoes - super lightweight and good to pack. My daughter wanted them too. Not sure I would run in them as there is very little support/cushion on bottom. Will get in more colors when on sale. Nice shoe!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt true to size

 

Runs Small

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Moderate arch support

 

Poor Support

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Felt wider than marked

 

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July 30, 2014

Anonymous

from Bend, OR

I bought my first pair of these shoes last year--I now have five pairs in four different colors. Yes, they are the most comfortable shoes I have ever worn. I will probably buy a couple more pairs.

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

 

Poor Support

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Felt true to width

 

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July 9, 2014

Dawn G

from New York

I have only tried these on, but love my last pair and wanted to get another before they were either gone or changed. Alas the style is a little bit altered,but the shoe is basically the same. This is a light,breathable shoe with plenty of support for me. I bought it to cycle in, but like it so much I have about worn it out,hence the replacement.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt true to size

 

Runs Small

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Excellent arch support

 

Poor Support

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Felt true to width

 

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June 27, 2014

Amy C

from Phoenix

I bought this shoe to do my workouts. I wanted to save my running shoes from the abuse. These are great for strength training because they don't stabilize you like a running shoe so you are using your body more in the movement. I will run short distances on a treadmill as part of my workout but I don't run in them. Very versatile!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt true to size

 

Runs Small

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Moderate arch support

 

Poor Support

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Felt true to width

 

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June 27, 2014

Anonymous

from Scottsdale, Arizona

I love these shoes! I have purchased four colors of Merrell Bare Access shoes, and want more! They are super lightweight, breathable and machine washable. What's not to love? They are "zero drop" design, which means the heal is not built higher than the ball of the foot, so you have a more natural gate. It takes a little getting used to, but after a short while they'll become true favorites. I use these in combination with SOLE' insoles (also sold on Zappos). I credit this combo for curing my intractable plantar fasciitis. Seven Stars - two more than five!

Brands I'd also recommend: ahnu

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt true to size

 

Runs Small

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Moderate arch support

 

Poor Support

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June 25, 2014

Karen B

from Salt Lake City, Utah

I wear Merrells just about all the time. These are light and airy--perfect for summer--and as always with Merrell the comfort and fit are unsurpassed. Love the way they look, too.

Brands I'd also recommend: Keen

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt true to size

 

Runs Small

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Excellent arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt true to width

 

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June 6, 2014

Danielle K

 

I love these shoes. But I'm frustrated and I have this problem with all Merrells: the 9 is really too snug, but I feel like I'm swimming in the 9.5. For women with smaller feet it's probably not a big deal to wear shoes that look too big! but I'm conscious that my feet look huge now. Regardless, I really do love this shoes so I wear thicker socks with them, as they feel amazing around my arches and they're so nice and lightweight. And cute too! (I should note I don't run in these due to injury, but my husband has a similar version in men's that he really likes for running.)

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

 

Runs Small

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Excellent arch support

 

Poor Support

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Felt true to width

 

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May 14, 2014

Sandy S

from Bethlehem,PA

Bought these for my Mom. When she showed them to me, I had to have a pair for myself. These are the most comfortable shoes. I cannot believe how light weight they are while still being supportive. I like the look too.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt true to size

 

Runs Small

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Excellent arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt true to width

 

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May 13, 2014

Kim

from Crossroads, TX

Very comfortable shoe from day one. I put these on to "try them on" and then wore them for the next 14 hours. Not one sore spot! Has me looking at other shoes by Merrell now. Zappos service was perfect. I ordered very early Sunday morning and they arrived Monday afternoon. Amazing!

Brands I'd also recommend: Keen

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt true to size

 

Runs Small

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Excellent arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt true to width

 

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May 6, 2014

Anonymous

from Cranbury, New Jersey

This style is one of the most comfortable shoes that I've ever used to work on in. The shoe box is roomy but the heel area fits snug. Because my feet are two different sizes this shoe works great. I'm going to order a different colored pair. My feet don't get tired wearing this shoe.

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

 

Runs Small

Runs Large

Excellent arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt true to width

 

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April 30, 2014

Anonymous

from Raleigh, NC

I have been wearing Arc2 for the past year daily. I love the design and arch shank that rests perfectly for me. I have plantar fascitis, and these shoes do not hurt my feet like others do. The Arc 3 is a bit narrower than the 2, and a bit stiffer. I don't mind the changes at all, and have been wearing my Arc 3's straight from the box with zero discomfort. I chose the pink ice, and they are actually gray. From the picture, I thought they would be white with pink accents. No problem, I actually prefer the gray. Just an aside, my Arc 2's are white and when they got dingy I washed them on delicate cycle and then allowed to air dry. They came out perfectly! After a year though, the arch shank started to break down a bit and my PF flared. I was so happy to find that Arc 3's.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt true to size

 

Runs Small

Runs Large

Excellent arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt narrower than marked

 

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April 27, 2014

Tracy

from Gods country

I absolutely love these shoes. They are so comfortable. I have a ton of shoes but not that many athletic shoes. These did not have a break in period. They were perfect from the first time that I put them on. They are soft and flexible, but not overly barefoot, if that makes sense. They are not winter shoes, they are light and breezy. You cannot go wrong with them, they are worth the money. They are also durable. I have several pairs.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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April 25, 2014

Mary

from california

I bought these shoes for my 89 year old mother. She had been wearing heavy, all leather tennies, and had trouble with frequent tripping and falling. She is in love with these shoes! They are so lightweight and glove-like in the fit, she has not had one fall since purchasing these and wears them every single day. She constantly shows off her lovely shoes! We will be buying at least one more pair!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt true to size

 

Runs Small

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Moderate arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt true to width

 

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March 17, 2014

Anonymous

from Elgin, IL

These shoes fit as though they were built for my feet. I said they felt wider than marked, only because most shoes in a "normal" width are too narrow in the toe-box. The heels fit perfectly, and I love how much room my toes have. The width is not excessive, but nice and roomy. I call them my magic shoes, because my running has never felt better than in these.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt true to size

 

Runs Small

Runs Large

Moderate arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt wider than marked

 

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August 19, 2014

Anonymous

 

Got these for everyday running around shoes. Fit like Keds with a bit more arch support. Would not be good for running or even exercise walking. But fine for running errands.

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt true to size

 

Runs Small

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Moderate arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt true to width

 

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July 20, 2014

Dina w

from NY City suburbs

Attractive and very comfortable. My only issue is due to my left foot being a drop smaller than my right, the back heel area had room to rub back and forth when I walked, and caused the skin to rub off. The other foot was perfect. If your feet are both the same size, I would highly recommend these.

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt true to size

 

Runs Small

Runs Large

Moderate arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt true to width

 

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Runs Wide

 

May 21, 2014

Christine

from Southeast Alaska

Ordered these in an 8. I usually wear an 8.5. Fit great, although a little bit roomy in the toes. Quite comfortable. I really enjoy running in these. I ordered the slate/scuba blue and it is lovely!

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

 

Runs Small

Runs Large

Moderate arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt true to width

 

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May 6, 2014

Anonymous

 

I have two pairs of Merrell shoes in size 8 that I love for their comfort. They are Mary Jane styles that I wear without socks. Since this is a sneaker style that I'll likely wear socks with, I sized up to an 8.5 which was a good call. These shoes have excellent arch support for my feet. My only complaint is that the toe box is wider than appears in the pictures and almost looks clownish. I'm keeping them, though, based on their comfort.

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt true to size

 

Runs Small

Runs Large

Excellent arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt true to width

 

Runs Narrow

Runs Wide

 

January 6, 2014

Anonymous

from Brooklyn, NY

Runs small. I wear an 8.5 always, and for some reason in these my toes are poking into the end so I will be returning them. Aside from the sizing, I really like the shoe. Lightweight, looks good.

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

 

Runs Small

Runs Large

Moderate arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt true to width

 

Runs Narrow

Runs Wide

 

December 6, 2013

Anonymous

from La Jolla

I ordered a pair of arc2 and arc3 at the same time, and though I'm sending them both back, here's my review of the differences between the two since there does not seem to be a description anywhere. The most obvious is that the arc3 mesh has a looser weave. The result of this is that they seem to give more and so feel a bit wider even through they probably aren't. The soles of both seem identical. The toe reinforcement has a slightly different shape which leads to a minimal difference in the side stripes. The lace area of the arc2 is wider than the lace area of the arc3. My main problem with both shoes is that they feel like they were constructed to correct some walking defect that I don't have. The outer portion of the inside cushioning is slightly higher sending my foot into the arch support thus distorting the way I walk. If you have the problem that these shoes were made to fix, they'd be great, but I prefer a neutral design. Lastly. I ordered both pairs in fuchsia, and like the arc2 color better. A purely subjective choice.

Brands I'd also recommend: Saucony

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt true to size

 

Runs Small

Runs Large

Moderate arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt wider than marked

 

Runs Narrow

Runs Wide

 

June 5, 2014

Anonymous

from Portland OR

Hoping for a repeat of my Pace Glove experience with a bit more padding. No luck. Seam on the inside of the shoe very distracting and the arches are very narrow in the mid-foot.

Brands I'd also recommend: Lems

Overall Rated:3 stars!

Comfort Rated:3 stars!

Style Rated:3 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt true to size

 

Runs Small

Runs Large

Moderate arch support

 

Poor Support

Great Support

Felt narrower than marked

 

Runs Narrow

Runs Wide

 

May 16, 2014

Anonymous

from Greensboro, NC

I LOVED my Pace shoes and they finally got too stinky to wear. I looked for the replacement and found these. The toe box it too wide for my feet. They feel like clown shoes. They also were not as flexible as I would have liked. So bummed! I loved my other Merrells.

Brands I'd also recommend: Skora

Overall Rated:3 stars!

Comfort Rated:3 stars!

Style Rated:3 stars!

 

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Fit Rating

Felt a full size larger than marked

 

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Excellent arch support

 

Poor Support

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Felt wider than marked

 

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