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Men's Barefoot Life Reach Glove

$110.00

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This barefoot casual translates your natural inclinations to life’s work and town affairs. The sophisticated, full grain leather, chukka upper has internal support that secures the midfoot over our Barefoot midsole design -- aligning your body and letting you move the way nature intended. A microthin, 1mm flexible forefoot shock plate protects against bruising.

UPPER / LINING
• Barefoot Strobel construction offers flexibility and comfort
• Full grain leather and cow suede upper
• Non-removable microfiber footbed treated with aegis antimicrobial solution resists odor

MIDSOLE / OUTSOLE
• 4 mm compression molded EVA midsole cushion
• 1 mm forefoot shock absorption plate maintains forefoot flexibility and protects the foot by distributing pressure
• 0 mm ball to heel drop keeps you connected with your terrain
• Vibram traction glove sole

Men’s Weight: 14.4 ozs

72 reviews
Average Rating: 4.5
87% said Sized as Expected
7% said Larger than Expected
6% said Smaller than Expected
  • Great Shoe!
  • By bkimura1
  • 9/9/2012
  • 3 of 3 people found this review to be helpful.
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  • Most Helpful Positive Review

I have been suffering from three bulging disks in my lumbar area. I started reading about how modern day shoes have hurt our lower backs, because of the heel lift on most shoes. Because of that, I started wearing some Vibram 5 fingers. The moment I took off my Nike Shox, at the local REI store, and tried on the 5 Fingers, my lower back soreness immediately went away. I was shocked! Of course, I had to put the Nikes back on to make my purchase and the pain comes back.... I put the Vibrams back on when I got to the car... Well, I work at a university, so my work attire was limited by the looks of the 5-Finger barefoot shoes, so I started looking for other barefoot shoes, those that would accomodate my work attire. At the time, I could only find New Balance Minimus running shoes...I kept looking and talking to some friends. One of them recommended the Merrell line-up. So I went back to REI, and found a pair of Merrell Barefoot Sonic Gloves. They were super comfortable and were normal looking running shoes, so they kind of fit my work attire. But, they were still running shoes... So, I noticed that Merrell now makes a casual barefoot shoe! The Life Reach Glove! So I made my purchase and these are GREAT! they completely accomodate my work attire and they feel just as good, if not better than my Sonic Gloves! CASUAL BAREFOOT SHOES! I am pretty sure that these shoes also have no heel lift at all, so my back feels great with them on.... I could wear them all day long. Thank you Merrell for making these shoes! I highly recommend these shoes.

Merrell's Reply:

Wonderful! It is great hearing success stories! We are so happy they are working well for you (and yes…they have a 0 mm drop heel to toe!)

Product Size Rating:

Sized as Expected

How do you most use this product?:

For work and casual wear.

  • Didn't like these as much as the previous generation
  • By David
  • 11/19/2012
  • 2 of 2 people found this review to be helpful.
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I went into a Merrell store and tried them on (staff were great as always). I have a pair of the Barefoot Tough Gloves, which (alas) Merrell does not make anymore. I love them but they are wearing out. The Life Reach feels like it has a thicker sole than the Barefoots. Some might like that cushion, but for me the point to barefoot/minimalist shoes is to protect the foot while allowing maximum ground feel and a natural stride. These don't do that for me. I have adapted to minimalist shoes and these don't feel right. The shoes look OK, but (in my opinion) just a tad dorky. I decided that they were not worth $110 to me. Hoping the 3rd generation is more like the 1st.

Merrell's Reply:

We are sorry to hear you do not like this style as much as your Tough Glove style. Keep your eyes on the website as we are always adding new styles.

Product Size Rating:

Sized as Expected

How do you most use this product?:

Not.

  • Fantastic shoe!
  • By Anonymous
  • 7/18/2014
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Having back problems for years I've found over the last 5 years that flat shoes work best for me- the vibram soles have been a lifesaver. I've been buying your Barefoot trail shoes for work over the last few years. But finding a "dress" shoe with the barefoot feel has been impossible...until now! What a great idea to pair the Vibram sole with a leather/suede upper to get more of a casual dress look. Thanks so much for helping me keep my back pain-free.

Product Size Rating:

Sized as Expected

How do you most use this product?:

Casual dress with shorts or khakis.

  • Retired
  • By Anonymous
  • 7/11/2014
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Bought these shoes couple days ago. These are the most comfortable shoes I have ever had. I have Wide foot. After two days of use, these shoes shape according to your foot and they become like a sock. You hardly notice you are wearing a shoe. Besides, the walk real nice - even for a long distance walk. Ollilkka

Product Size Rating:

Sized as Expected

How do you most use this product?:

Pretty much always

  • Can't get him out of these shoes!
  • By Anonymous
  • 6/17/2014
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So he needed a casual pair of shoes and we ordered these. Now I can't get him to take them off....Really, very comfortable, true to size and where he normally takes a wide, the D width fit fine. He is a size 14 and they don't look huge on his feet. Would like to get a pair in black, if they had black. Very good looking and he gets a lot of compliments on this shoe.

Product Size Rating:

Sized as Expected

How do you most use this product?:

Every day for work (not a shirt and tie kind of job) as well as social functions.

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