We spent 9.5 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

5 reasons to buy

  • The 361 Degrees Meraki was considered by its testers as a suitably lightweight shoe for any activity.
  • Several purchasers left that the toe box was broad enough for natural toe-splay.
  • The cushioning system was perceived to be a comfortable platform for the foot.
  • Some runners commended the durability of the midsole, emphasizing that the responsiveness of the foam remained agreeable even after long running sessions.
  • A couple of reviewers claimed that the transition between the heel and the toe while wearing the Meraki was smooth and proficient.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Some testers alleged that the foam midsole was too firm.
  • The limited amount of colorways was lamented.

Bottom line

The 361 Degrees Meraki was well-received by reviewers and consumers. They were happy with this neutral shoe’s performance, emphasizing the efficacy of the underfoot platform, the lightness of the profile, and the durability of its components. Conversely, there were issues regarding the midsole’s litheness, as well as a lack of color schemes.


Expert Reviews

88 / 100 based on 17 expert reviews

  • 94 / 100 |

    The 361 Degrees Meraki - A Nice High Mileage Trainer

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    neutral running shoe weighing in at 10.2 ounces and has a heel to toe drop of 9mm.

    It is described as a high mileage shoe that can also be used for everyday training by 361 and I agree with that. The shoe is able to tackle longer distance runs and faster-paced workouts on the track.



    Seamless engineered mesh vamp – An upper similar to Nike’s flyknit which secures your foot and is comfortable.

    Fitz-Rite Midfoot – A both internal and external part of the upper that secures your mid-foot to keep your foot secure while running.

    Pressure Free Tongue – From 361’s website, it says that the tongue has an “Anatomical pattern and super soft materials that effectively remove the pressure to the ankle during dorsiflexion. Thin padding is also positioned to avoid stress to top of the foot.”

    QU!K Flex 4foot – Groves on the outsole of the shoe located near the front of the shoe to address the natural movement of the metatarsals in the foot. It is supposed to provide a more natural and balanced toe-off. Its design is also for better traction and acceleration.

    QU!KFOAM – 361’s midsole that is made of an EVA rubber blend that 361 claims “provides an amazing combination of cushioning and responsiveness” and “energy return and long-lasting comfort throughout the life of the shoe”

    QDP System – 361’s QU!KFOAM layering system which stands for quick, dynamic, performance.

    The Look

    The Meraki comes in three colorways: Black/White, Blue/Black, and Sleet/Black. My favorite colorway would be the Blue/Black as it is the one with the brightest colors without being too flashy.

    The other colorways are kind of dull since they have a lot more gray color on them. Besides that these colorways look pretty good but these aren’t shoes that you would want to wear besides for running or doing workouts.

    The shoe has various markings on the tongue, the side and on the outsole of the shoe displaying the 361 Degrees logo.

    A unique design of this show is the ridges on the heel of the shoe. I don’t think these ridges do anything for stability but they do make the shoes have a unique quality to them.

    These shoes basically look like running shoes and my gripe with the looks of the shoe is that it doesn’t have any reflective materials for night running.



    I normally wear size 10s for my running shoes and these shoes fit almost true to size because there’s a little extra wiggle room in the toe box for me. This extra room caused the front of my toes to rub the front of the shoes and cause little blister like things that were painful.

    This rubbing, however, could’ve been due to me not tying the shoes tight enough because when I tied the shoes a little tighter I found the issue to go away.

    I found the mesh vamp to be breathable as my feet didn’t feel suffocated when I was running in them. These shoes remained breathable even after running long distances or doing repeats on the track that would generate a lot of heat.



    And not to state the obvious but water will seep in, as I learned from running in the rain and on wet grass. I haven’t tried these shoes in hotter temperatures yet because of all the snow and cold weather when testing this shoe.

    While running on the road or on the track the shoe felt secure and the pressure-free tongue helped prevent my foot from being choked too much when I tied my shoes too tight. While running on the road or doing track repeats, I didn’t feel my feet slip at all and it generally felt secure except when running on grass and trails or any surface that isn’t solid like the road or track.

    Particularly when running on the grass, my feet would roll around causing my feet in the shoe to slip. The flexibility of the shoe was pretty good, my feet were able to flex when needed and it didn’t feel stiff like running in track spikes. However before I broke in the shoes, the Meraki felt very stiff. This might’ve been because I wasn’t used to wearing this type of shoe before.

    The cushioning of the shoe was alright, it didn’t feel like a very plush pillowy type deal but it got the job done for longer runs which I’m fine with since this is what I prefer in my cushioning.  However, on my longer runs my feet did feel a little achy but I usually get this feeling no matter what shoe I wear.


    I’ve only run in these shoes for about 60 miles but so far the shoe hasn’t shown any signs of wear at all. Most of my running is on the road and occasionally on the track for speed work if that says anything.

    The only sign of use really is the shoe being dirty, the tiny wrinkles on the outsole of the shoe and the missing 361 logo on the insole. I would say these shoes will last a really long time considering the shape they are in now.



    361 Degrees claims their cushioning called QU!KFOAM provides a high level of energy return while running which I interpret as the bounce in the shoe. I would say the bounciness of this shoe only appears when doing faster paced runs like tempo runs or track repeats.

    Doing something like a longer run, I didn’t notice or feel the bounce when running. If I wanted to feel the bounce from the shoe, I would have to work to pick up to a faster pace. It wasn’t like the Nike Pegasus 34 which has the bounce from the zoom air units that made me want to go faster.

    This would also apply to the responsiveness side of the shoe too. The shoe weighs 10.2 ounces which I would say is a decent weight for a shoe, it isn’t crazy light but also isn’t too heavy. The shoes didn’t feel too heavy when running but it didn’t feel like I was running with nothing on.

    The cushioning of the system was pretty good. It helped me with long runs and tempo runs on the road and track repeats. What I liked about the cushioning system is that it wasn’t too plush, it provided the right about support without being too soft.

    The traction of the shoe is also pretty good. While running on wet or sandy surfaces on the road or track, I didn’t feel like I was going to slip like a cartoon character on a banana peel but I would avoid these types of surfaces since it didn’t feel too stable at the same time.

    An example of this is while running on the grass. There was traction but my feet were slipping inside the shoe which was an unpleasant experience. The shoe was meant for the road though so I’ll let that slide.


    • Nice looking colorways
    • Comfortable
    • Fits true to size
    • Weighs 10.2 ounces
    • Cushioning isn’t too plush (just right for me)
    • Enough lace for runners knot
    • Durable
    • Breathable


    • Not stable when running on surfaces that are not road or track
    • 2/3 of colorways are a little bland
    • Dirt and pebbles can get stuck in the groves of the outsole
    • Not a lot of responsiveness when running slow
    • Doesn’t really make you want to run faster
    • No reflective material for night running
    • Kind of sketchy running on sandy, wet, muddy road conditions

    Final Thoughts

    The 361 Degrees Meraki is a great pair of trainers if you want to use it for high mileage runs or shorter faster tempo runs on the road or track. It provides good traction and stability if you use it on the road or track that are nice and dry but are unstable when running on grass.

    It fits true to size and keeps your feet secure. With the addition of the extra lace, you are able to use a runner’s knot to keep your feet even more secure. The cushioning is at the perfect amount without making your feet feel like its sinking in.

    The 361Degrees Meraki is the perfect shoe for you if you want a shoe that will support you on the road or track running.

  • 93 / 100 |

    Want dependable for 26.2 miles? Buy 361° Meraki

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    If you want a dependable running shoe, buy the Meraki by 361 Degrees. This simple yet high-quality shoe responds when I say RUN! No wonder 361°’s motto reads “One Degree Beyond”.




    Men's Women's
    Color Black/White; Sleet/Black; True Blue/Black White/Black; Sleet/Ebony; Diva Pink/Tart
    Weight 10.2 ounces 8.5 ounces
    Heel to toe drop 9mm   9mm  

    Upper & Toe Box

    The upper portion of 361° Meraki looks and feels similar to Brooks Ghost 7. However, I find hot pink to be much more colorful. The material is durable and flexible with tiny capillaries for air and moisture control. 

    After splashing through puddles during the Northern Ohio Marathon, thank goodness the water quickly wicked away because I had a long way to go. Most impressive was how the toe-box dried super fast and I ended with no blisters whatsoever.



    The Meraki’s upper acclimates quickly to individual foot form. During the marathon, the toe boxes felt narrow and hurt a bit, but surprisingly they worked themselves out.

    A week later I didn’t even mind slipping back into these comfortable running shoes. Usually, marathoners are pretty sick of their shoes at this point. Thankfully, This made getting out the door again a whole lot easier.

    Tongue & Laces

    The 361° makes one of my favorite shoe tongues around. It is super wide, comfortable and tightly stitched inside with no discomfort. In fact, I forget it’s even there which is exactly how it should be.

    The material is a combination of soft suede and mesh. It’s unique design and thickness lays effortlessly across the upper foot. 



    Once the tongues are in place, runners grab hold of long, slightly rounded, colorful shoe strings. A longer length demands a double knot to assure runners never encounter an untied shoestring. 


    As in most running shoes, the insole is pretty standard. Many runners swap factory made insoles for specialized orthotics or running store recommended insoles like Powerstep.

    Even Walmart has Dr. Scholl’s foot machine for people to step on. Resources are out there to find your foot type. 



    Meraki’s midsole is where 361° stands apart from other brands. For distance runners, like me, who need extra arch support this shoe delivers. 

    During long runs, I didn’t worry about foot pronation or sliding around because I ran secure. I gain the right amount of stability without feeling heavy on my feet. 

    Examining the midsole you’ll notice several layers. One is rather squeezable, called “Quikfoam” which reminds me of a wrestling mat. This soft cushioning gives in for smooth running as it absorbs bodily shock.



    Here are 361° Meraki’s midsole layers compared to Brooks Ghost 7. You can visually see a difference in the build-up. More impressive is the responsiveness and guaranteed comfort mile after mile. 


    Turn a Meraki shoe over and you’ll see why 361° claims a “full ground contact” outsole. You can visually see 361° designed bottom grooves to protect against road elements.

    Runners go up against stones, mud, rain, wet leaves and even ice and snow so a durable rubber outsole is mandatory. 



    To runners, outsole patterns have no rhyme or reason but 361° knew their plan. Initially, I had no intention of running my marathon in these Merakis, but I’m so happy I did!

    Imagine running 26.2 miles on wet pavement and now you understand why great traction is needed. At the rainy start, I was unsure how Meraki’s outsole would perform.

    Confidence kicked in after running one mile when I realized I was running in extremely slip resistant shoes. I smiled inside because I made the perfect shoe choice.

    Now the Ohio Churchill’s and Fort Myers City of Palms Half Marathons are on my radar. However, after 200+ miles the outsole tread is already wearing off particularly at the ball of the foot and back heels. From the looks of these, I’ll be shoe shopping in the very near future. 

    Heel Counter

    Be prepared to walk around the store before purchasing the Meraki. Take particular notice of how strong, firm and stable the heel counter is. 

    When running, I felt no heel slippage or pronation of any sort. Both heels comfortably lock in place with extra padding for comfort. I guarantee runners will quickly rely on the extra heel stability and support especially during those long runs. 

    Unfortunately, 361 Degrees is not readily available in stores across the USA yet. For this reason, you have to be patient until they debut or take a chance ordering online. One good thing is they have free shipping for over $100.00, which may explain why they are!



    • Reliable distance trainer shoe
    • Provides arch stability
    • Locks heels/no slippage
    • Absorbs and wicks away moisture
    • Slip-resistant


    • Heavier weight for racing
    • Narrow toe box
    • Unavailable in many stores
    • Midsole breaks down
    • Over one hundred dollars ($129.95)


    During a long, grueling 26.2 mile race, runners wearing 361° Meraki will cross the finish line in flying colors. The diva pink helped me perform my personal best during the 10/7/18, Northern Ohio Marathon.

    I maintained a strong mental focus and thankfully it was not on my shoes. It appears fellow runners have yet to zone in on this dependable 361° brand. Perhaps the company will endorse an elite runner soon.

    One thing is for certain when 361° does finally gain awareness, there’s going to be a whole lot of 3’s at the next start line! Until then, happy running!

  • 90 / 100 | Believe in the Run | | Level 5 expert

    As far as 361 [Degrees] goes, this is probably our favorite shoe that we've reviewed.

  • 84 / 100 | HerShoesHerFitness | Level 1 expert

    Possibly not the kind of 5K shoe or anything like that, but a shoe I really think you can trust in and should get minimal issues from.

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  • The 361 Degrees Meraki is a running shoe that’s designed for neutral runners who want to take to the roads. It features a flashy design that utilizes semi-shiny materials and color combinations. A breathable mesh makes up the majority of the upper unit while overlays support the midfoot and heel.
  • The underfoot platform features three layers of cushioning. The first is a soft removable insole, the second is a durable topsole, and the third is an EVA base. These three levels of supportive foam work together to deliver reactive steps.

The 361 Degrees Meraki running shoe was designed to be true to size. It welcomes the inclinations of runners when it comes to length. The available width for the women’s iteration is B – Medium. The men’s version has the D – Medium option. This shoe has a foot-shaped silhouette that offers a smooth in-shoe feel.

The outsole unit of the 361 Degrees Meraki features a rubber compound that protects the midsole platform from abrasion. It is also responsible for doling out traction, which is essential in every run.

QU!K Flex is a forefoot design that involves a network of flex grooves and a ground-contact external base. This configuration allows the foot to achieve a steady and more energized toe-off.

The Quick Dynamic Performance cushioning system or QDP is a scheme that involves three layers of cushioning. It’s a proprietary construction that aims to deliver a springy and consistent ride. The first layer is a removable insole that has a smooth surface. It prevents blisters, contributes another sheet of underfoot support, and adds a bit of snugness to the fit.

The second part of the midsole is made up of QU!KFOAM. It’s a molded unit that aims to heighten durability and the shock absorbing capability of the full-length platform. It’s touted to add up to 50% more sturdiness. It also steadies the underside of the foot, preventing it from wobbling.

A Stable Rebound EVA foam serves as the bottom part. Its purpose is to attenuate impact shock and enable the foot towards a bouncy toe-off.

The vamp of the 361 Degrees Meraki has seamless engineered mesh. It’s a soft and flexible material that accommodates airflow into the foot-chamber, thus giving a cool and dry experience to the wearer.

The Fitz-Rite configuration involves breathable mesh from the middle to the heel of the upper, as well as printed overlays that cover the lateral and medial sections. These elements work together to warrant a snug and secure wrap.

A pressure-free tongue unit made of a smooth fabric covers the instep, but it doesn’t cause any hot spots.

Jens Jakob Andersen
Jens Jakob Andersen

Jens Jakob is a fan of short distances with a 5K PR at 15:58 minutes. Based on 35 million race results, he's among the fastest 0.2% runners. Jens Jakob previously owned a running store, when he was also a competitive runner. His work is regularly featured in The New York Times, Washington Post, BBC and the likes as well as peer-reviewed journals. Finally, he has been a guest on +30 podcasts on running.