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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

66 reviews
Average Rating: 4.5
86% said Sized as Expected
8% 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.

  • By jlulbman
  • 3/31/2014
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Purchase without seeing new style in store. Perfect fit, perfect shoe. Looks like a real show from all sides but feels like a sneaker from inside. Service from website excellent and quick.

Merrell's Reply:

We are so glad you got them! If you are a Barefoot lover, these are a must for casual wear. Thank you for supporting Merrell and sharing this review.

Product Size Rating:

Sized as Expected

How do you most use this product?:

walking

  • Another winner
  • By Crazyflyingplastics
  • 3/21/2014
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Great shoe so far. Another great addition to my merrell barefoot shoe line up. The shoes fit the same as my other merrells size wise and comfort is awesome. Could walk for miles in these. From business casual to the beach, these shoes will fit right in. Please don't discontinue these like you did the flux glove(another great shoe)

Merrell's Reply:

We appreciate your review and are so glad you love these and can wear them anywhere. Every year we do come out with new styles to offer more variety. You should also take a look at our Jungle Gloves!

Product Size Rating:

Sized as Expected

How do you most use this product?:

work, casual walking, everyday wear

  • Fantastic Shoe for Everyday
  • By buff
  • 3/17/2014
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I just bought a pair of Reach Gloves from one off the Merrell Stores. I have been wearing barefoot running shoes for the last couple years and they have been great. The problems I had with my ball of my feet being sore has gone away. I can wear them all day long with socks or barefoot and I don't even feel like I want to take them off to give my feet a rest. Barefoot shoes are great. Now I wanted a shoe that I could wear casually that was not a sneaker type style. The Reach Glove was that shoe. It gave me the great comfort of a barefoot shoe that could be worn with or without socks, but it looked like a casual shoe that I could wear anytime and was a bit more dressed up. Also, it was light and flexible. I have been wearing these shoes for a few week and they are fantastic. When these ware out, I will be looking for another pair. The other feature that I like about these shoes is that they are a loafer type shoe that can easily be removed and put on without worrying about lacing them up. However, they have laces so that you can fit them to your foot like a glove, then leave the laces tied at the right fit. I have a narrow foot and most loafers are too loose. These shoes are perfect.

Merrell's Reply:

We are so glad you were able to find that perfect fit! These are a must have it you love the Barefoot line and are looking for something to wear out on the town. Thank you for rocking these when your taking it easy.

Product Size Rating:

Sized as Expected

How do you most use this product?:

Everyday wear night and day.

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