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In 1981, Randy Merrell had an idea, to create a hiking boot with uncompromised quality and performance for the trail. Today, this craftsmanship and dedication to performance still lives within the Merrell Wilderness—your ultimate trail companion. Handcrafted right in our backyard, in Big Rapids, Michigan.

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Made-in-the-USA with our most premium materials, this durable leather boot with iconic Norwegian welt construction may take time to break in, but it's built to last a lifetime.
FEATURES
• Full grain waterproof leather upper
• Bellows tongue keeps debris out
• Italian metal hardware
• Tesivel™ 3-bar knit lining
• Dual density footbed
• Microporous rubber midsole
• 5mm Leather/TPR insole
• Crampon-Compatible (Strap-on Only)
• Weight: 3lb 8oz
Technology
High-performance rubber soles with unmatched
durability, stability and slip resistance.
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5 5
Still on my same pair since 1995 21 years and counting. Mine are the ones made in Italy but the construction is likely the same or they made have made further some enhancements bringing manufacturing back to the US. I wore mine daily for 3 years fixing hiking trails in the Adirondacks. I've been through 3 sets of soles. I have hundreds and hundreds of days in them. They fit like a glove and are wickedly comfortable. I cannot recommend the Merrill Wilderness enough. Part of the literacy and love of these boots is their old school bulletproof approach. You have to clean them occasionally (once or twice a season) with saddle soap. Then, once dry you stick them at low tempurature I. Th own the get them to 120 degrees or so. A heat gun also works well. Then literally melt snowseal beeswax into the leather. Then they will literally last a lifetime. It's great to see Merrill's dedication to this wonderful boot as well, and kudos to now making them back in the USA.

Still on my same pair since 1995

Apr 29, 2017
21 years and counting. Mine are the ones made in Italy but the construction is likely the same or they made have made further some enhancements bringing manufacturing back to the US. I wore mine daily for 3 years fixing hiking trails in the Adirondacks. I've been through 3 sets of soles. I have hundreds and hundreds of days in them. They fit like a glove and are wickedly comfortable. I cannot recommend the Merrill Wilderness enough. Part of the literacy and love of these boots is their old school bulletproof approach. You have to clean them occasionally (once or twice a season) with saddle soap. Then, once dry you stick them at low tempurature I. Th own the get them to 120 degrees or so. A heat gun also works well. Then literally melt snowseal beeswax into the leather. Then they will literally last a lifetime. It's great to see Merrill's dedication to this wonderful boot as well, and kudos to now making them back in the USA.
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Long live the Wilderness! Thank you for your amazing feedback! #MadeinMichigan

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5 5
A bit heavy, but an outstanding boot These are the most comfortable boots/shoes that I own. I tried on scores of boots to get just the right fit back in the mid-90s, and these have never let me down. But with all boot decisions, take the time to make sure it fits, not what you want to fit. The Merrell last fits my foot so perfectly that I really didn't have much of a break in period...but the leather is heavy so don't think you can replicate that...I got lucky. You do need to properly seam seal the welt with proper seam sealant (I have done that a number of times over the years). That is extremely important. Use real seam seal not beeswax or any of that stuff. I use aqueous nikwax on the leather (there are probably better solutions, but I am pretty lazy) and my feet have never been wet. Paired with a good set of OR Crocodile gaiters (get a large pair with these boots), I have traipsed through small streams (very quickly) with very little water coming over the top and no water from below. I have had no issues with this boot except the tread started coming off the boot at one point near the toe and instep. The tread was worn, so I had that replaced and the cobbler didn't do a great job and I had to have it re-glued. (and now it is starting to come unglued again!) But imagine--a boot that when you wear down the vibram to the nub--you can replace the tread. They ARE heavy and the ARE pretty hot, so keep that in mind. They excel in winter and fall and they are overkill on day hikes or ultralight backpacking...but they are so comfortable, I wear them anyway. Been nearly 20 years and I love em like the day I bought them--I just wish I had the time to get out more nowadays!

A bit heavy, but an outstanding boot

Apr 06, 2017
These are the most comfortable boots/shoes that I own. I tried on scores of boots to get just the right fit back in the mid-90s, and these have never let me down. But with all boot decisions, take the time to make sure it fits, not what you want to fit. The Merrell last fits my foot so perfectly that I really didn't have much of a break in period...but the leather is heavy so don't think you can replicate that...I got lucky. You do need to properly seam seal the welt with proper seam sealant (I have done that a number of times over the years). That is extremely important. Use real seam seal not beeswax or any of that stuff. I use aqueous nikwax on the leather (there are probably better solutions, but I am pretty lazy) and my feet have never been wet. Paired with a good set of OR Crocodile gaiters (get a large pair with these boots), I have traipsed through small streams (very quickly) with very little water coming over the top and no water from below. I have had no issues with this boot except the tread started coming off the boot at one point near the toe and instep. The tread was worn, so I had that replaced and the cobbler didn't do a great job and I had to have it re-glued. (and now it is starting to come unglued again!) But imagine--a boot that when you wear down the vibram to the nub--you can replace the tread. They ARE heavy and the ARE pretty hot, so keep that in mind. They excel in winter and fall and they are overkill on day hikes or ultralight backpacking...but they are so comfortable, I wear them anyway. Been nearly 20 years and I love em like the day I bought them--I just wish I had the time to get out more nowadays!
Merrell's reply

Stands the test of time! Hard to beat a classic! Thank you for the amazing feedback!

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5 5
Outstanding boot, 9 years and counting I bought my pair in Dec. of 2008. I've put lots and lots of hard miles on them on rocky trails in NY, CT, and NH. I've literally stood in streams with these on and have never had any water defeat the seams. With a good cleaning, they still look almost new, it's pretty incredible. The leather is extremely durable if you take care of it. Earlier on, I used Kiwi mink oil, but lately I've switched to Obenauf's. The boot is resoleable, which is great, but mine are still pretty solid. The only reason I didn't give top marks for comfort is I still haven't found the right combination of sock and insole for very long, strenuous hikes - although that's really not the boots fault. Overall, I'm extremely happy with these boots and I know they'll last me for many more years.

Outstanding boot, 9 years and counting

Mar 30, 2017
I bought my pair in Dec. of 2008. I've put lots and lots of hard miles on them on rocky trails in NY, CT, and NH. I've literally stood in streams with these on and have never had any water defeat the seams. With a good cleaning, they still look almost new, it's pretty incredible. The leather is extremely durable if you take care of it. Earlier on, I used Kiwi mink oil, but lately I've switched to Obenauf's. The boot is resoleable, which is great, but mine are still pretty solid. The only reason I didn't give top marks for comfort is I still haven't found the right combination of sock and insole for very long, strenuous hikes - although that's really not the boots fault. Overall, I'm extremely happy with these boots and I know they'll last me for many more years.
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Hard to beat the classic! #OutdoorPerformance

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5 5
Looking to Buy My Second Pair of Wildwerness Boots I purchased a pair in 1994 before entering the Peace Corps and a post in Nepal. These boots were perfect for the many treks I took in the himals. Upon purchasing them I sealed the seams and broke them in on several day hikes. They fit like a glove after several uses and never caused my feet any pain. I did purchase new insoles with a rubber footbed after the original insoles wore out. I wore synthetic sock liners and rag wool socks taking three pairs of liners and two pairs of wool socks on my treks. I still have the boots but they have been repaired after a neighbor's dog decided the leather smelled like a new chew toy. Looking to return to Nepal and I'll do it with a new pair of Wilderness boots.

Looking to Buy My Second Pair of Wildwerness Boots

Dec 12, 2016
I purchased a pair in 1994 before entering the Peace Corps and a post in Nepal. These boots were perfect for the many treks I took in the himals. Upon purchasing them I sealed the seams and broke them in on several day hikes. They fit like a glove after several uses and never caused my feet any pain. I did purchase new insoles with a rubber footbed after the original insoles wore out. I wore synthetic sock liners and rag wool socks taking three pairs of liners and two pairs of wool socks on my treks. I still have the boots but they have been repaired after a neighbor's dog decided the leather smelled like a new chew toy. Looking to return to Nepal and I'll do it with a new pair of Wilderness boots.
Merrell's reply

Sounds like you and your Wilderness boots have been on many adventures! Here's to new adventures! #MyMerrell #MyNature

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2 5
Expect wet feet. Water will pour in. These are comfortable boots and I was excited to get the 'last boot I'd ever buy.' However, just walking through puddles I noticed my feet would immediately get wet, water just pours in through the seams. I tried several coats of bees wax waterproofing for leather boots on the seams (as recommended by my local cobbler) to no avail. The seams are large and I have not been successful in waterproofing them. Cool looking boot, but I would not recommend them for any real outdoor use.

Expect wet feet. Water will pour in.

Nov 25, 2016
These are comfortable boots and I was excited to get the 'last boot I'd ever buy.' However, just walking through puddles I noticed my feet would immediately get wet, water just pours in through the seams. I tried several coats of bees wax waterproofing for leather boots on the seams (as recommended by my local cobbler) to no avail. The seams are large and I have not been successful in waterproofing them. Cool looking boot, but I would not recommend them for any real outdoor use.
Merrell's reply

Please feel free to reach out to the team at 800.288.3124. We'd love to get on the horn with you and hash out a resolution. Thank you.

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