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10 reasons to buy

  • Most people viewed the Merrell Burnt Rock Mid as excellent footwear. They described them as “rugged like cleats but comfortable like sneakers.”
  • Many reviewers said the mid-tops are comfortable right out of the box. They also commended the heel bed which they say is cushy and makes for bounce-like strides across hard surfaces.
  • A good number of purchasers praised the shoes for their pleasing aesthetics. They also reported getting frequent compliments on their Merrell footwear and being asked where they bought them.
  • Several buyers of the Merrell Burnt Rock Mid sneakers call them “well-crafted” and made with an excellent leather material.
  • A handful of testers liked that the shoes can easily be taken on or off just by slipping off laces from the two sets of eyelets at the top.
  • A few individuals remarked that the mid-top sneakers were comfortable to run and walk in because they’re lightweight.
  • The Merrell Burnt Rock Mid sneakers are versatile enough to handle the street just as well as they handle the mountains, indicated some persons. They added that the shoes are great for people who walk on the pavement but go off the beaten path once in a while.
  • A couple of customers related that the casual mid-tops give good arch support. One of them also said the shoes are excellent for balance especially for someone with peripheral neuropathy.
  • Two consumers noted that the Merrell Burnt Rock Mid shoes feel warm and keep the feet dry in the rain.
  • A buyer detailed how perfect the shoes were for scrambling and traversing in the wild. He also mentioned the good toe protection in the front.

5 reasons not to buy

  • A few users reported that the Merrell Burnt Rock Mid sneakers run large. They had to go down a half size from their usual size.
  • Some reviewers mentioned that the shoes were perfect for people with wide feet and that people with medium ones just need to tie the laces tighter.
  • Three people complained that the soles of the Merrell footwear were coming off around the edges barely a month or so in.
  • A couple of people remarked that the sole of the Merrell Burnt Rock Mid is slippery when wet.
  • One individual commented that the shoes are hard to clean.

Bottom line

Merrell Burnt Rock Mid shoes are comfortable footwear that are lightweight and stylish, yet rugged enough for walking and light trail activities. The kicks are easy to slip on and off, are waterproof, and built well. They’re just at home on the trails as they are on pavement.

The sneakers also have a few drawbacks. The shoes run large and might be more ideal for people with medium to wide feet. The soles of the shoes were also reported by a handful to come off just a month after purchase.

Facts

Top: Mid
Inspired from: Hiking
Collection: Merrell Casual Shoes
Price: $130
Colorways: Black, Green, Grey
Special editions: 1 special editions
Size
Small True to size Large
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The Merrell Burnt Rock Mid shoes are available in men’s sizes which range from 7 to 15. The mid-cut design of the shoes gives the wearer a bit more support than a low-top would. It also allows the ankles to have more mobility without rubbing or chafing at the heels.

The Merrell Burnt Rock Mid sneakers look casual enough to wear with jeans yet rugged enough for very light hiking trips. Aside from jeans, you can wear them with cargo pants and a long-sleeved shirt. If wearing an all-black outfit, the brown colorway of the shoes will break up the color nicely.

The Merrell Burnt Rock Mid sneakers contain a few technologies by the brand such as the M Select FIT.ECO, M Select FRESH, and M Select GRIP. The M Select FIT.ECO with blended EVA gives the contoured footbed a comfortable feel while the M Select Fresh controls odor. The M Select GRIP, meanwhile, help outsoles grip better over mixed terrain, whether on dry or wet ground.

The Burnt Rock Mid comes from a company with a long and trusted history of manufacturing trail and hiking shoes. Almost four decades ago, Randy Merrell began custom making cleats for outdoor enthusiasts. They were so good that Backpacker Magazine named his cleats “the most comfortable and functional cleats in North America.”

The company has come a long way since then. After the company’s sale to Wolverine World Wide, the brand decided to branch out by creating a lighter weight collection. Their first foray into creating a lighter shoe, which they called the Jungle Runner, was not a commercial success. However, they followed it up with the Jungle Moc, a casual slip-on with a trail running outsole and by 2002, sales reached 3.5 million pairs. By 2009, they sold their 10 millionth.

Since then, the company has expanded their collection to include more casual shoe models as well as apparel and accessories.

  • The Merrell Burnt Rock Mid sneakers have an upper made with pig suede and full grain leather.
  • Breathable mesh linings keep the feet comfortable and dry.
  • The shaft height of the shoes measures 2.9 inches while the heel height is 4.1 inches.
  • They weigh approximately 822 grams.

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Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sneakerhead turned sneaker industry expert that believes a good outfit begins from the feet up. His aunt currently isn't speaking to him for wearing a pair of kicks at his cousin's wedding. He spends most of his time trying to keep on top of the latest releases, hitting up his contacts and doing what needs to be done to secure his next pickup. Danny has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.

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