- August 10 2011
Great comfortable shoe
I recently ordered these shoes because I was looking for something lightweight that I could lounge around the house in, that was durable enough for me to take a quick stroll to the store in, while looking like more than a house slipper. This shoe, for me, does all of those things flawlessly. I would say I spend more time wearing these shoes, than any other. I would highly recommend them. Great looks, great comfort, quick to get on and off, relatively lightweight. Combination house slipper and casual leather slip on.
- February 25 2011
The shoes were a bit narrow, moreso than the ones I tried on in the store, but those were probably stretched by different people trying them on. I like the casual style and I can wear with anything. Great for winter months as they don't slip!
- January 27 2011
Lightweight, comfy, practical -- but durable??
I purchased the Merrell Pathway Moc because I wanted a slip-on shoe with some provision to kick it on and off easily. 1) These shoes are incredibly lightweight! They're of comparable weight to the Nike Free line of shoes. Very impressive. The leather is high quality, and the toe cap keeps the scuffs down. Very comfortable shoes. The only comfort drawback I've encountered is that they can be a bit warm. The one-piece leather upper over most of the shoe isn't ventilated, which helps keep water and dirt out, but doesn't breathe as well as a mesh or perforated leather. Don't get me wrong, these are not warm shoes. They're just not as ventilated as athletic-style shoes. 2) However, I have serious durability concerns. The black rubber outsole doesn't cover the middle part of the shoe. The EVA midsole (squishy foam) is exposed for down the entire center-line of the bottom; a couple inches wide. I understand that these are not technical approach shoes; they're for casual use. And I understand that having the midsole exposed was a decision made to reduce weight. However, Merrell didn't skimp with outsole leather on the toe cap or the heel cup, so why skimp on the area of the shoe that will receive the most wear? I'd accept the tiny bit more weight a full outsole would entail. It seems like a reasonable tradeoff; the decision to expose the midsole material seems like an unreasonable tradeoff. 3) These have a design feature where the heel is designed to be able to collapse foward if you step on it. This is meant to allow you to slide them on like a mule. That feature is present, but these moc's are not comfortable to wear with the heel folded under your foot. The rubber running up the back of the heel keeps trying to pull the heel back up, and prevents it from lying forward in a comfortable position. However, that rubber keeps the heel upright and comfy when wearing these normally. So, this feature is there, but don't expect to kick these on and shuffle off. They work much better as a normal shoe. Overall: an excellent shoe. I believe that these will be comfortable, but that their lifespan won't be more than a couple years. I bought these to replace a similar pair of Timberland slip-ons that lasted 8 years (and are still wearable). I don't believe these Merrell Pathway Mocs will last that long.