Verdict from 38 user reviews

7 reasons to buy

  • The Merrell Around Town Mid Lace is a lightweight but sturdy shoe, which left several reviewers satisfied.
  • It is an affordable pair of mid-top shoe.
  • Several reviewers were beyond pleased with the quality of this shoe from Merrell.
  • Some buyers commended this shoe for being comfortable right out of the box. It does not need to be broken in.
  • This is the kind of shoe that suits well in casual styling, claimed by some of those who own a pair.
  • The majority of the purchasers liked the style and look of this shoe.
  • There were some positive comments on how soft and comfortable the leather material used in the Merrell Around Town Mid Lace shoe.

4 reasons not to buy

  • The colorways available for the Merrell Around Town Mid Lace are limited in numbers.
  • A few buyers were somehow disappointed with the minimal arch support of this shoe.
  • One reviewer pointed out that the sole does not have an aggressive tread and is relatively thin.
  • Another reviewer said that this shoe is difficult to get on and off.

Bottom line

The Merrell Around Town Mid Lace, as the name suggests, is a mid-top shoe with a lace-up type of closure. A significant number of purchasers describe this shoe as affordable or worth the buy, surprisingly lightweight, comfortable, and stylish. The leather upper is soft and pleasing, making the shoe ideal for everyday casual wear for the ladies. 

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The Merrell Around Town Mid Lace comes in women sizing ranging from 5 to 11.5 including half sizes and in B Medium width. The mid-top construction provides the necessary ankle support and protection, and the traditional lace-up closure can be adjusted for a lockdown and secure fit. There is an extra tab located on the tongue, which functions to help keep it in place. The fit is true to size for the majority of buyers.

The Merrell Around Town Mid Lace is all about the perfect balance between comfort and style. This mid-top shoe bears full grain leather on the upper that compliments well with jeans, leggings, or even dresses. Ladies that are always on-the-go could wear this for a casual day out, at work, or around town while shopping and running errands.

Aside from the mid-top construction with collar height reaching the ankle level, the Merrell Around Town Mid Lace stands out because of its full-grain leather upper. Not only does this feature make the shoe aesthetically pleasing, but it also gives support and comfort to the wearer’s feet.

Another notable feature is the shoe’s pull tab. Unlike the typical pull tabs in sneakers that come in the form of a loop, the pull tab of the Merrell Around Town Mid Lace is unique through an extra leather accent visible on the collar. Also, the first two sets of eyelets from the top have metal rings for added durability.

Over three decades ago, Randy Merrell started making a name in the shoe industry through his high-quality handmade custom cleats for outdoor enthusiasts. His craftsmanship was well-received and even gained the description "the best hiking cleats ever made" from the Backpacker Magazine.

In 1981, Clark Matis and John Schweizer, two former executives from a ski company, joined Randy Merrell in forming the Merrell shoe company. The trio began designing and producing more affordable pairs of high-quality and high-performance hiking cleats. Though it took them two years before delivering their first product to the market, but the sales reached great heights rapidly.

Despite the company’s growing success, Randy Merrell eventually sold his share and formed a small-scale family business known as the Merrell Foot Lab. He went back to making custom cleats and also custom orthotics.

Today, Merrell offers a wide range of footwear products including sneakers for casual use. One of which is the Merrell Around Town Mid Lace. Belonging to the Around Town line, this particular shoe model features a mid-top construction, full grain leather on the upper, and a traditional lace-up closure. It also has a pull tab on the heel for easy wearing.

  • The premium pigskin lining adds in-shoe comfort and foot breathability for the wearers.
  • This mid-top shoe also features the FIT.ECO blended EVA contoured footbed equipped with M Select FRESH shoe odor control to help keep the feet fresh all day long.
  • Another feature is the Merrell Air Cushion in the heel for shock absorption and stability. As for durability and flexibility, it has the M Select CUSH ultra-lightweight technology.
  • The insoles are removable.
Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny McLoughlin is a researcher for RunRepeat covering football, sneakers and running. After graduating with a degree in computer science from The University of Strathclyde, Danny makes sure never to miss a game of his beloved Glasgow Rangers or the Scotland national football team. He has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.