Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is a place of frozen forests and icy horizons as vast as an ocean. For all of us at Merrell, the “U.P.” looms large in our brand mythology. When we imagine the environments in which our gear will need to hold up, we picture going “up north” to the rugged shoreline of Lake Superior, where we have long played and explored. Sharp rocks, slick mud, crumbling cliffs, persistent wetness, bitter cold and ice of every variety—the U.P. is both our inspiration and the proving ground for the new 2018 Fall/Winter Collection.


The best adventures are close to home. At Merrell, the U.P. is right in our backyard. During the winter months, the U.P. is transformed into a secret world. Winter in the Upper Peninsula is dynamic, ever shifting and wild. There’s no guarantee of what you’ll find. To explore it you you must be bold. You must be patient. And you must have good shoes.


Inspiration from the U.P.

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Map of the U.P
Angela VanWiemeerch Cold Spokes Blackrocks Brewery Katie Kubont Erica Lang
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Angela VanWiemeerch

Angela VanWiemeerch explores
the majestic caves of Grand
Island, MI, one day before Lake
Superior washed away the ice
bridge connecting the island to
the mainland.

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Cold Spokes

The snow in the U.P. is
relentless. So are the
volunteers who keep the trails
groomed. It takes clear
dedication, ingenuity and sweat.
All in a day's work.

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Blackrocks Brewery

Wear These Shoes Responsibly

We like beer and we like making
shoes. In partership with our
friends at Blackrocks Brewery
in Marquette we made shoes
inspired by beer. Crafted with
premium leather and inspired by
the colors of a light amber ale
and rich dark porter. Wear

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Katie Kubont

Training Here... Play Here

Ultra runner Katie Kubont
trains so she can do what she
loves to do outside. And no
matter the reason, training is
always for herself. Whether she's
going for a 50k or doing a
daily workout, it's simply
about trying to be your best.

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Erica Lang

Woosah: Inspired by the UP

Artist Erica Lang of Grand
Rapids, MI founded Woosah
Outfitters to showcase her
distinctive woodcut prints,
like the one she created of
the U.P..

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Learn More About the U.P.

  • Lake Superior

    Lake Superior is the largest freshwater body in the
    world, roughly the size of Maine. And contains 10% of
    the planet’s surface fresh water.

  • The Upper Peninsula

    While the U.P. is technically a peninsula, bounded on
    three sides by the Great Lakes, it feels more like an

  • Black Rocks

    The exposed volcanic Black Rocks on Presque Isle are
    some of the most ancient in North America.

  • The Bridge

    The five-mile long Mackinac Bridge separates
    Michigan's Lower Peninsula — home to 97% of the state's
    population — from the Upper Peninsula.

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