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Looking for women’s barefoot road running shoes to give you protection from the pavement while retaining a minimalist design and feel? The new Bare Access Ultra from Merrell is built for barefoot runners like you who want a bit more cushioning to buffer impacts on roads and long distances. This minimalist road shoe for women offers full-foot contact and enhances your natural stride while giving you responsive, uniform toe-to-heel cushioning for softer landings. The supple, breathable upper molds to your foot for a fluid, super-natural fit. Plus, its 0 mm-drop profile with durable M-Bound DST™ midsole delivers sustained impact-absorption on hard surfaces over long distances, and rapidly, efficiently translates feedback from the ground to your foot for faster reaction time, and improved agility and stability. As with any barefoot road shoes for women, results depend on the runner, but we’ve put together a powerful, protective running shoe to help you out run and out perform outside.

• Mesh and TPU upper
• Protective toe cap
• Reflective details for increased visibility in low light
• Breathable mesh lining treated with M Select FRESH odor control
• Wash as needed in cold water (gentle cycle) air dry

• 0mm Drop /12mm cushion / 17.2mm stack height
• 4mm lug depth
• M-Bound DST™ midsole provides immediate feedback for accelerated response with sustained cushioning for long distances and hard surface
• Vegan Friendly
• M-Select GRIP tunes each outsole with durable traction that grips when and where you need it

Women’s Weight: 5.4oz (1/2 pair)

5 reviews
Average Rating: 5.0
75% said Sized as Expected
0% said Larger than Expected
25% said Smaller than Expected
  • So comfy!
  • By Anonymous
  • 9/26/2014
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It took me forever and a day to find a sneaker that's animal friendly. So glad I came across these. Not only are they free of animal products, but they're super comfortable. There's times I don't even want to take them off :-) I was lucky enough to try on another Merrell sneaker in a shoe store, so I knew that I needed to get a 1/2 a size up. Highly recommend these to everyone. Extremely happy with my purchase!

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Smaller than Expected

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Athletic reasons/walking

  • By Anonymous
  • 9/18/2014
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My background... well I love to run. Regular running shoes make my ankles hurt terribly, and when I bought a pair of Merrell's with less cushioning than these in summer 2013, I adored them. I ran on concrete for several months in them, and eventually the padding wore down enough to where I started having to be careful about the distance I ran in them. That is when I decided to buy a pair of the bare access ultra. 0mm drop, but more padding to combat the concrete I run on. I just went for my first run in them, and I am in love! I will update more later.

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Sized as Expected

How do you most use this product?:

Running on paved trails/along the road

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  • By Anonymous
  • 9/12/2014
  • 3 of 3 people found this review to be helpful.
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I've been running with my new Bare Access Ultra and I love them. I have about 15 pairs of Merrell sneakers and sandals, so my feet are accustomed to 0 drop. This year I am training for my first Ultra marathon (I have run 2 marathons with the regular Bare Access) so I needed some cushion. I bought the 'Altra Paradigm' and did a couple of 20, 24 milers in them but found them so heavy and 'clunky' that I put them aside and went back to my Bare Access line...then I discovered your Ultra version and they were heaven sent directly to me!!!!! They are super light, good arch support and it feels as if you float from the landing to the toe off! Thank you, I just have one complaint: PLEASE, give us ladies some brighter colors, I need to get another pair!

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Sized as Expected

  • Love!
  • By AngieD
  • 9/3/2014
  • 4 of 4 people found this review to be helpful.
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So, I've been wearing Merrell Barefoot running shoes in various styles for a few years now. Once I adjusted to them, I loved how they felt on my feet, so lightweight and perfect fit. The barefoot shoes eliminated hip, knee and ankle pain which I tend to get with traditional running shoes. Sadly, in the time I've been wearing barefoot shoes (Pacer, Dash Glove & Dash Glove 2) I've had two stress fractures from running! At my doctor's recommendation, I decided to go back to something with more cushion. I have recovered from my most recent stress fracture and, because I love the Merrell fit, look, and quality so much, and didn't want to give it up, I decided to give these Bare Access Ultra's a try. There is ample cushion height to absorb the impact from running, while still maintaining the zero drop. I don't have to adjust my stride or learn to run in those clunky old style running shoes again. These are just perfect, so far. I went a half size up from my normal size and they have plenty of toe room, while still giving a snug fit in the arch and heel. These are a winner! Please make them in shocking pink for me?

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  • By Anonymous
  • 7/9/2014
  • 8 of 8 people found this review to be helpful.
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Love this shoe! It is light weight, cushy and supportive. I am diabetic and, at only 60 years of age, I have chronic back, neck and pelvis issues as a result of two high speed rear ending auto collisions and walking very far can be painful and challenging. I have lots of Merrell shoes, but when I've got to be on my feet and walking for a while these are now my favorites. These Ultras with 12mm cushioning, instead of the usual 4mm, plus the strong support for my high arches and their extreme lightness allow me to go farther before my lower back and pelvis start screaming! The wide, roomy tow box feels like it was specifically designed for my wide feet and curved, slightly hammered toes with plenty of wiggle room and no rubbing concerns. The barefoot profile is so much better for someone with mild diabetic neuropathy, like me, and enables me to have a better sense of the terrain under me than the standard Merrell profile. Socks are problematic for me and these Ultras are washable and without seams or connecting points that cause rubbing or discomfort - so I wear them sans socks! I would purchase more of these shoes if Merrell would increase the color choices!

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Sized as Expected

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Everyday walking, errands and shopping shoes.

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