• Terrain


    Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.


    Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

    Good to know

    As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

  • Arch support

    Neutral / cushion / high arch

    Shoes for runners who do not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with normal, high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

    Stability / overpronation / normal arch

    Shoes for runners who need mild to moderate arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a low arch. See the best stability shoes.

    Motion control / severe overpronation / flat feet

    Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

    Good to know

    - Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
    - More about arch support in this video.
    - Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

  • Use

    Daily running

    Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.


    Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

    Good to know

    If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

  • Price
  • Weight
    Men: 7.4oz
    Women: 5.5oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Men: 0mm
    Women: 0mm

    The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

    There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

  • Heel height
    Men: 14mm
    Women: 14mm
  • Forefoot height
    Men: 14mm
    Women: 14mm
  • Width
    Men: Normal
    Women: Normal
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  • Special editions
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  • The E-Mesh version of the Merrell Bare Access Flex is a neutral running shoe that’s designed to tackle both the roads and the trails. It makes use of an engineered mesh upper to provide breathable and seamless coverage. Thin TPU layers are patterned on vital areas to help protect the façade against wear and tear. A molded heel counter locks the foot in place and prevents it from exiting the foot-chamber unintentionally.
  • The underfoot platform makes use of an ethylene vinyl acetate unit to offer responsive cushioning to the foot. Flex grooves have been integrated into this component to heighten the natural bending capacity of the joints and muscles.

The Merrell Bare Access Flex E-Mesh was designed to be true to size. Regarding width, the available option for women is B – Medium. The men’s iteration offers the D – Medium profile. The upper unit features fabric that’s designed to give a form-fitting coverage.

The outer sole of the Merrell Bare Access Flex E-Mesh utilizes the M Select™ Grip+ which is made of a sturdy and grippy rubber compound. Its purpose is to shield the foam midsole from abrasion while also delivering traction on both wet and dry surfaces.

Grooves crisscross against each other, forming diamond-shaped patterns on the surface of the outsole. These small trenches encourage the natural flexibility of the wearer’s foot.

The FLEXconnect™ midsole is composed of ethylene vinyl acetate or EVA which runs the entire length of the Bare Access Flex E-Mesh. It aims to give a well-cushioned ride. Dual-directional flex grooves are inherently included in the mold, making it more supple and compliant to the flexibility of the foot.

An EVA footbed has been integrated with the primary foam material. Its goal is to add more cushioning and provide a snug in-shoe feel.

The engineered mesh is a material that’s similar to woven cloth. It readily conforms to the shape of the foot, giving a secure yet wrapped-up coverage. Ventilation pores allow environmental air to enter the foot-chamber and maintain a cool and dry experience.

Thin layers of thermoplastic polyurethane bolster the toe box and the eyelets. These add-ons also provide structure to the façade of the Bare Access Flex E-Mesh.

Hyperlock™ is a printed TPU counter that’s placed on the external heel section. It intends to hold the back of the foot in place and keep it from wobbling or exiting the interior of the shoe unexpectedly.