Summary

We spent 9 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

9 reasons to buy

  • A majority of reviewers complimented the Merrell Bask Sol for being very comfortable.
  • A good number of buyers loved the shoe’s design. One person wrote that the shoe has a flat sole like a sneaker, but the leather uppers gave them a little more style.
  • One person observed that the shoe’s style was perfect for casual business days and that it’s just a little dressier than running shoes. Another mentioned he received several compliments because of the shoe’s looks.
  • Several testers highlighted the shoe’s light weight, with one saying the shoe was the closest he could get to barefoot regarding weight yet still be safe for work.
  • The fit of the shoe got several nods from testers who said the shoe feels nicely snug on their feet.
  • A couple of consumers said the shoe was reasonably priced.
  • Two people appreciated the shoe’s nice and wide toe box.
  • The Bask Sol is ideal for walking around town, even better than conventional sneakers, one reviewer wrote.
  • One user was impressed that the shoe was very breathable.

4 reasons not to buy

  • The outsoles don’t last long, griped many testers because the rubber material is too soft. One person commented that he used the shoes for about four weeks only and a slight degradation to the sole could already be seen.
  • Another disgruntled buyer stated that he wore his Bask Sol two to three times a week only for less than four months yet the sole already looks very worn through while the shoe’s upper still looks fairly brand new.
  • A few people were unhappy that the shoe’s sole does not provide much grip, especially on slick surfaces such as linoleum or tiles.
  • Two reviewers said the shoe has no arch support at all.

Bottom line

The Merrell Bask Sol’s casual laidback design can easily take you from work to play without sacrificing comfort. The shoe’s light weight and perfect fit make this ideal for people who are always on the go.

However, the outsole’s less-than-desirable traction is a huge disadvantage, especially for people who work in places that have slippery surfaces. The outsole’s durability also leaves much to be desired.

Facts

Top: Low
Inspired from: Casual
Collection: Merrell Casual Shoes
Price: $110
Colorways: Blue, Black, Grey, Brown
Size
Small True to size Large
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The Merrell Bask Sol is available in men’s sizes in medium width. Sizes range from 8 to 15, with half sizes up to 12. Reviewers say the shoe is generally true to size.

The Merrell Bask Sol is a low-top performance sneaker with a classic desert cleat styling that can easily be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. One way to wear it is with skinny black jeans topped off with a sharp denim jacket for night outs or with straight-legged jeans and any shirt for a more casual look.

The Merrell Bask Sol features a tough midsole which utilizes the MBound technology. The MBound technology gives the wearer an accelerated response from the ground to the foot, which in turn enhances the user’s walking/running technique. The shoe’s lining is treated with the M-Select Fresh to reduce sweat and suppress odors by eliminating odor-causing microbes. An EVA footbed gives the shoe stability.

The Merrell company was founded in 1981 by renowned custom cleat maker, Randy J. Merrell, and two executives of the Rossignol ski company. Their first product was launched in 1982 and was aimed at people who wanted high-performance cleats at a more affordable price.

They first specialized in manufacturing hiking footwear but has, since the late 90s, delved into adding lightweight shoes into their catalog. Their first lightweight shoe was not considered a commercial success, but their follow-up release, the Jungle Moc (a casual slip-on shoe with an upper made of pigskin suede) was a bestseller and catapulted their brand further into the public’s consciousness.

The Merrell Bask Sole is part of their casual collection and is a low top shoe with a ruggedly stylish look. It features a removable EVA footbed, traditional lace-up closure, full-grain leather upper, and breathable mesh lining.

  • Weight is 8.5 oz per shoe or 17 oz per pair.
  • Colors available for the Merrell Bask Sol are Navy, Moss, Cafe, and Black.

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