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  • Top

    Low Top

    Extremely popular sneakers because of their price range, versatility when it comes to style, and freedom of movement. Almost everyone is guaranteed to have low-top sneakers in their shoe rotation.

    Mid Top

    Mid-top sneakers extend toward the ankle for a little more support and hold. These lie somewhere in the middle between low-top and high-top sneakers in terms of usage and popularity.

    High Top

    Sneakers with collars that go above the ankles for optimal hold and support are some of the most sought-after models in lifestyle shoes. Most of these shoes take their roots from basketball and have easily or fashionably crossed to mainstream wear.

    Good to know

    Regardless of cut, it's always good to start with sneakers that can be worn for the daily grind, also called as "beaters" by some, as these are usually cheaper, easy to clean, and still gives that lifestyle "edge" before going for those wallet-thinning models.

  • Inspired from

    Sports

    Sneakers dominantly take their heritage from running, basketball, skate, tennis, training, hiking, and football. Still retaining a few of their performance-based technologies, these sneakers have transcended their respective niches and have successfully and popularly transformed themselves as staples of fashion footwear.

    Casual

    Sneakers designed for a laidback, "cool" vibe that is built for lifestyle wear right from the get-go.

    Good to know

    Brands are now blending elements of performance and casual appeal in basically every sneaker. One can hardly go wrong with a sports-inspired sneaker or a simple casual shoe.

  • Collection

    Good to know

    Shoes sharing the same inspiration, history, materials, or technologies are routinely assembled under one compilation for the convenience of those who may wish to categorize or label their own collection as such. The classic collections like the Adidas Originals, Air Max 1, Air Force 1, new balance classic sneakers, and the Classic Leather head the pack of frequently asked about collections.

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Fit & sizing

A lightweight and dependable fit is offered by the leather upper of the Merrell Barkley. Men’s sizes in medium width are available for this model, ranging from 7-15. It fits true to size. The ankle is unhindered due to the sneaker’s low-top structure. A lace-up system keeps the fit adjustable, maintaining a snug feel for security and comfort.

Merrell Barkley Style

The low-top Merrell Barkley has a worn leather appearance that makes it look homey, perfect for a cozy feel and flair. It comes in Castle Rock, Brunette, Black, Dusty Olive, and Tan colorways that have a subtle yet well-dressed appeal. This unassuming look will go well with jeans and a t-shirt for any day. It also has a straightforward yet sleek look that makes it appropriate for more dressed-up activities, such as for work or at a function.

Notable Features

An upper made up of full-grain leather makes the Merrell Barkley look traditional and timeless. It also has a worn leather style that gives it a unique charm. It has a lining made of mesh to offer a breathable feel. Complementing its classic appeal is the traditional lace closure along with the plain white midsole. It also has monochrome stitch detailing all over the upper.

The Merrell logo is found on the label on the tongue, as well as on the heel tab. A contrasting heel piece gives the design a low-key variation. There’s light padding on the collar for extra comfort and style, while the round toe completes the shoe’s sophisticated flair. 

Merrell Barkley History

American footwear brand Merrell is named after Randy Merrell, who co-founded the company along with Clark Matis and John Schweizer in 1981. Merrell was a well-known maker of high-quality custom boots, and so Matis and Schweizer, two former executives from a ski company, decided to join forces with him. The business started out by producing high-performing boots for hiking.

By 1986, Randy Merrell decided to return to his previous job of making custom boots, so he sold his share of his eponymous company.  A year later, the brand was bought by Finnish sports label Karhu, which moved the company’s manufacturing to Asia. In 1997, Karhu sold Merrell to footwear giant Wolverine World Wide, joining other subsidiaries such as Keds, Saucony, and Sperry Top-Sider.

Despite the company changing hands, Merrell retained its reputation for quality and performance, especially when it comes to functional footwear. The brand is a favorite among outdoor enthusiasts and casual wearers alike, favored for its rugged yet elegant silhouettes and designs. Among its many popular models is the Merrell Barkley.

It’s a shoe that combines a casual and smooth appeal with a sports-inspired twist. The sneaker is also incredibly lightweight, ideal for everyday wearing for different occasions. It was explicitly designed for urban settings, made for walking the streets in style.

Additional Info

  • Kinetic Fit Base technology was used in the shoe’s removable insole. It contours to the foot and provides flexible support.
  • The cushioned EVA midsole offers excellent shock absorption and support.  
  • Merrell’s trademark rubber outsole delivers reliable traction.