Who should buy the Merrell Alverstone

The Merrell Alverstone is a lightweight and low-cut hiking shoe best recommended for:

  • anyone who is new to the brand and wants to experience the Merrel hiking shoe firsthand
  • day hiking and outdoor trips during the summer days

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Lightweight and comfortable

This lightweight hiking shoe is designed to provide all-day comfort and protection to hikers on the trail. Thanks to the design of its mesh upper with leather overlays, it is able to accomplish such.

Merrell Alverstone Lightweight and comfortable

Under the foot, it comes with an EVA midsole and Kinetic Fit Base Insole. These two elements take care of comfort and cushioning.

The Alverstone delivers reliable traction 

Enabling the Merrell Alverstone to adhere to various terrain types is the Merrell-owned M Select Grip outsole. Its sticky rubber compound employs aggressive lugs for traction.

Merrell Alverstone delivers reliable traction 

The Merrell Alverstone is a fairly true-to-size low-cut hiking shoe for men and women. It is offered in regular sizes and medium widths. Its lace-up type closure system allows users to customize fit and volume.

Annoyance alert: the laces untie easily 

For fit management, its closure system employs leather loops and a pair of metal eyelets. The heel tab facilitates easy on and off.

Merrell Alverstone the laces untie easily

However, a couple of displeased hikers declared that the laces of the Alverstone from Merrell untie easily. 

Provides stability over rugged terrain 

The proprietary M Select Grip outsole with 5-millimeter deep boots makes the Alverstone bite into ground surfaces.

Merrell Alverstone large oval-shaped lugs

Its facade includes large oval-shaped lugs found at the perimeter to provide stability over rugged terrain. 

Cushions each step 

The end of the forefoot and rearfoot regions are designed to support hikers during ascents and descents. Its extension at the front and back, on the other hand, amplifies protection.

Merrell Alverstone midsole

Providing a lightweight yet comfy ride is the shoe’s compression-molded EVA midsole. This rubber-like material cushions each step and adds stability. 

Mitigates shock impact

It works with a molded nylon arch shank for extra support and firmness underfoot. Merrell’s Air Cushion is placed at the heel area to optimize shock absorption, especially upon heel strike.

Merrell Alverstone Mitigates shock impact

Cradling the user’s foot for enhanced comfort is the Kinetic Fit Base insole. The mesh upper of the Merrell Alverstone hiking shoes comes with durable suede leather overlays. 

Merrell Alverstone offers ventilation and protection 

This design grants a breathable, comfortable, and flexible upper. Inside are a mesh lining and the brand-owned M Select Fresh antimicrobial treatment which enhances ventilation and prevents the development of odor, respectively.

Merrell Alverstone offers ventilation and protection

Its bellow tongue wards off the intrusion of trail debris while the reinforced rubber toe cap protects the foot against accidental bumps.

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 13.5oz / Women 10.7oz
Use: Day Hiking
Cut: Low cut
Features: Lightweight / Lace-to-toe / Breathable / Orthotic friendly / Removable insole
Width: Normal, Wide
BRAND Brand: Merrell
Construction: Lace-to-toe

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Paul Ronto
Paul Ronto

Over the past 20 years, Paul has climbed, hiked, and run all over the world. He has summited peaks throughout the Americas, trekked through Africa, and tested his endurance in 24-hour trail races as well as 6 marathons. On average, he runs 30-50 miles a week in the foothills of Northern Colorado. His research is regularly cited in The New York Times, Washington Post, National Geographic, etc. On top of this, Paul is leading the running shoe lab where he cuts shoes apart and analyzes every detail of the shoes that you might buy.