Enjoy the great outdoors and anywhere you roam in the Merrell Proterra Vim Sport hiking sneaker. This multi-purpose women's athletic shoe features a Stratafuse™ breathable mesh upper that provides a glove-like fit for natural movement; a TPU rand and toe cap protect the foot and a bellows tongue keeps out debris. Both the mesh upper and mesh-covered, removable, EVA-cushioned footbed are Aegis®-treated to fight bacteria and odors. A minimal polyurethane midsole absorbs shock and enhances stability, while the sticky rubber outsole of the Proterra Vim Sport hiking sneaker achieves greater ground contact and traction with reversed, diamond-cut lugs.
I purchased these for a trip to Peru and wore them for two weeks right out of the box. We walked miles each day over varied terrain -- city streets of Lima, Inca ruins, steep steps of small Andean towns, all over Machu Picchu and dirt paths on islands. I wore them instead of my heavier hiking boots for a 4 day trek in the Andes and they were perfect. Good support on uneven surfaces and lightweight so I didn't tire at altitude. They are not waterproof so it was a good thing we were there in the dry season.
I need a wide toe box and usually the Merrill brand does not work for me but these were so comfortable that I plan to order another pair. Can't wait to wear them on the tame streets and paths of home!
I wore these shoes into the Havasu Canyon, AZ, a steep 14 mile hike one way. These shoes gave excellent support, had great traction and were not in the least hot. I wore them constantly without any discomfort or regrets of not having higher ankle support.
These shoes are great. They ARE wider in the toes than a lot of other tennis shoes. I have plantar fasciitis. These have good arch support and very comfortable. My feet don't hurt at all even on a shopping marathon! The description said they ran a half size small, so I ordered the next half size larger-perfect fit. Wish they came in slip ons as I also have arthritis in my fingers, but that's the only thing I would change.
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