Merrell Berner Lace History
More than three decades ago, Randy Merrell became a popular name in the groups of outdoor enthusiasts when he began designing and manufacturing handmade custom hiking boots. Randy’s expert craftsmanship resulted in a great success that his creations were once named as “the best hiking boots ever made” by the Backpacker Magazine.
In 1981, two former ski company executives Clark Matis and John Schweizer teamed up with Randy Merrell to form the Merrell shoe brand we know today. They started by producing a more affordable model of Merrell’s high-performance hiking boots and it has been a success. Sales picked up throughout the years and the company was sold to Karhu in 1987. The Merrell brand continued to increase sales and expand to other countries. By 1997, Karhu sold Merrell to Wolverine World Wide, a huge footwear corporation, and under this new management is when Merrell began manufacturing trail running shoes as well.
In 1998, Merrell introduced the after-sport Jungle Mocs shoe. It features a slip-on construction with the same technologies used in the brand’s performance shoes, but in a casual format. Its launch made history by making the new After-sport casual shoe category.
Since then, Merrell has been manufacturing footwear in different categories, including casual shoes. One of the latest models is the Merrell Berner Lace. It is a casual outdoorsy sneaker that exhibits versatility, functionality, and comfortability.