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MERRELL Women’s Mix Master Road Glide Review…

Last week I was excited to be asked by Blacks to try out and review some of their Merrell barefoot running lite shoes.

I love my running trainers and I have tried all kinds of sports shoes over the years, but never any close to barefoot style before. I have read lots of articles over the last few months on barefoot running, how some experts say its good for you and others not so sure, so I was really looking forward to getting the chance to try them out.

I picked out the Merrell mix master road glides as I thought this style looked very nice and bright for night time training.

About the MERRELL Women’s Mix Master Road Glide:

Hard surfaces and longer runs increase the impact on your feet. As pioneers in the barefoot running style, Merrell have designed the Women’s Mix Master Road Glide shoe to get you closer to the barefoot running style but provide a little extra comfort on that hard terrain.

While full-on barefoot running shoes feature a pancake-flat sole for natural ground contact, this more versatile shoe incorporates additional cushioning and a modest 4mm drop to ease you into the barefoot style.

What I though of the trainers:
The first thing I noticed was wow how light?

198g feels very light compared to my normal trainers. So I was looking forward to trying them out.

After getting over how light they were and how nice the colour looked, I tried them around the house for a few hours. Running up stairs fast, then a mad half hour dancing around in them to bed them in before it was time to road test them AT the running club!!!

With the thought of a 2 miles warm up, 3 miles fast hill reps and 1 mile cool down. How would they feel? I soon found out….

Questions that entered my head:

I soon got answer:

Overall then a great first session, they are a good introduction into a minimalist style, without going the whole hog of a full on barefoot shoe. Because of how your foot sits in the shoe and how the heel to toe is designed you get a more natural foot plant. Which encourages a fluent heel toe transition. Will be interesting how they go with a few more sessions under my belt. I will post an update in a few weeks!!

I love these trainers, they are my new favourite running shoes and they feel great.


Price £80.00

About this post ~ I got sent these close to barefoot trainers for the purpose of this review. I did not get paid for this post and all thoughts are my own honest opinion…

10 comments so far.

10 responses to “MERRELL Women’s Mix Master Road Glide Review…”

  1. Kezzie says:

    Intriguing! What is this barefoot thing? I've heard it before and not understood it!x

    • Clairejustine oxox says:

      Thanks for the comment Kezzie 🙂 barefoot running is a natural way of running. Wearing heavy trainers makes you running difference. So close to barefoot helps you running be more natural with less weight and cushioning the shoes…

  2. Margarett Murphy says:

    Mmmmm they sound interesting…

  3. Vanessa says:

    These look comfortable to wear and just love their stylish colors!

  4. Corinne says:

    I would love to try these! Every after reading Born To Run I've wanted to try some bare foot style trainers!Corinne xwww.skinnedcartree.com

  5. SarahMummy says:

    These look fab! I got fitted with Mizuno trainers at Up & Running as being the most suitable for my running style and have never dared to change for fear of getting injured! These sound really good though. Would be interesting to find out how it feels to run with lighter feet.

  6. Clairejustine oxox says:

    Thanks Sarah I love the lighter shoes. I need to pick my pace up now, I've no excuses 🙂

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