Arriving in stores earlier than any other major footwear manufacturer is the Merrell Barefoot Collection. Here’s a quick preview of the models available in February or March 2011. Prices range from $90 to $120. Full reviews will be forthcoming late January.

Merrell Men’s Trial Glove

With advanced protection from rocks and roots but minimal cushioning, the Trail Glove lets you experience a more natural gait when you mix it up over uneven terrain. An ultra-lightweight upper (microfiber and breathable air mesh) with a synthetic leather foot sling provides stability and fits like a glove. There is also a fused rubber toe bumper providing durability and a flexible plate in the forefoot to protect the foot from stone bruises.

Spring 2011 comes in the following color ways: Black, Yellow, Amazon, and Olympia. Fall 2011 adds 3 more colors.

Merrell Men’s True Glove

Advanced materials designed for lightweight performance, durability, and foot-conforming flexibility set the True Glove apart. An ultra-lightweight upper with a stabilizing rubber rear foot sling provides stability and Merrell Omni-Fit™ lacing system provides a glove-like fit.

Spring 2011 comes in the following color ways: Lava, Pumpkin, Smoke, and Olive. Fall 2011 adds 2 more colors.

Merrell Men’s Tough Glove

Voraciously versatile, this minimalist master mixes it up anywhere and with any adventure, stretching the realm of natural motion in the face of it all. A full grain leather upper wraps the foot and Merrell Omni-Fit™ lacing system provides a glove-like fit. The internal support construction secures the midfoot for optimal fit and support.

Spring 2011 comes in the following color ways: Black, Brown, and Aluminum. Fall 2011 adds 3 more colors.

All Merrell men’s gloves have a non-removable microfiber footbed treated with Aegis® antimicrobial solution resists odor, 4mm compression molded EVA midsole, 1mm forefoot shock absorption plate (maintains forefoot flexibility and protects the foot by distributing pressure),  zero drop, and a Vibram outsole.

Merrell Women’s Pace Glove

The Pace Glove is designed specifically for women, by women.

With advanced protection underfoot and mapped but minimal cushioning, the Pace Glove lets you experience a more natural gait when you mix it up over uneven terrain. Cinch yourself in with Merrell Omni-Fit™ (lacing system secured with welded TPU provides a precise, glove-like fit) and optimize responsiveness to give you the ultimate freedom. It has a breathable air mesh upper made of microfiber, a fused rubber toe bumper, and a synthetic leather rear foot sling providing stability.

Spring 2011 comes in the following color ways: Black, Yellow, Chili Pepper, and Lavender Lustre. Fall 2011 adds 3 more colors.

Merrell Women’s Power Glove

The Power Glove is designed specifically for women, by women.

This versatile minimalist master mixes it up anywhere and with any adventure, stretching the realm of natural motion in the face of it all. The soft leather upper provides a glove-like fit and a double Easy Z-Rap™ Closure System provides a precise and secure fit. A flexible plate the forefoot protects the foot from stone bruises.

Spring 2011 comes in the following color ways: Black, Monument, Chili Pepper, and Acacia. Fall 2011 adds 2 more colors.

Merrell Women’s Pure Glove

The Pure Glove is designed specifically for women, by women.

This minimalist all-terrain Pure Glove adventure shoe cuts bulk while keeping bare essentials to let your feet scramble hassle-free. Advanced materials for lightweight performance, durability, and foot-conforming flexibility set the Pure Glove apart. It has a Lycra fabric and synthetic leather upper while a hook & loop strap provides a precise and secure fit.

Spring 2011 comes in the following color ways: Black, Lavender Lustre, Chili Pepper, and Acacia. Fall 2011 adds 2 more colors.

All Merrell women’s gloves have a non-removable microfiber footbed treated with Aegis® antimicrobial solution resists odor, 4mm compression molded EVA midsole, 1mm forefoot shock absorption plate (maintains forefoot flexibility and protects the foot by distributing pressure),  zero drop, and a Vibram outsole.

Fall 2011 New Models

In the Fall of 2011, Merrell is adding more models to its barefoot collection. For Men’s, the Embark Glove Gore-Tex® is their minimalist waterproof design with a specialized Vibram® sole; the Sonic Glove features a flexible soft shell upper that molds to your foot while pulling moisture out to keep it dry. For Women’s, the Contour Glove is designed for the toughest terrain with a specialized Vibram® sole; the Lithe Glove feature a flexible soft shell upper that molds to your foot while pulling moisture out to keep it dry; the Pure Leather Glove is a leather version of the Pure Glove; the Mighty Glove is the ladies version of the Tough Glove.

2011 will be a busy year for Merrell and runners will have many zero drop minimalist running shoes to choose from.

Let Your Feet Lead You!

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