Verdict from 100+ user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • Comfy: The Merrell Cham 7 Slam Luna Leather is delightfully comfortable, according to droves of users.
  • Arch security: Based on numerous reviews, its midfoot section is mighty supportive.
  • Break-in phase: To a decent number of owners, this Merrell hiking shoe conforms to the foot right from the get-go.
  • Form: Looks-wise, the Cham 7 Slam Luna Leather is fantastic, several hikers claim.
  • Longevity: A few testers are impressed with the shoe’s top-of-the-line construction.
  • Breathability: This hiking shoe is remarkable in terms of keeping stuffiness at bay, says an experienced hiker.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Traction: Some trail-goers are not happy with the outsole’s performance on wet surfaces.
  • Weight: According to a couple of reviewers, the Cham 7 Slam Luna Leather is heavier than expected.

Bottom line

Let the trail—rugged or not—bow down to your stride with the Cham 7 Slam Luna Leather from Merrell. From its day-one comfort to how effective it supports the arch (all while looking good), this piece is simply incredible. While it has some proving to do in a few areas, its strengths are enough to put a big smile on your face.

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What the Merrell Cham 7 Slam Luna Leather brings to the table

More customizable lockdown. With its ankle-to-toe lacing, you can get a dialed-in fit per zone in this Merrell offering.

Secure and pain-free hikes. The Cham 7 Slam Luna Leather, like most Merrell hiking shoes, comes with the Air Cushion technology. Its presence affords the foot double the stability while mitigating shock on impact.

Lateral protection and grip. This footgear is built with textured 360-degree randing, which guards the shoe against scrapes and provides extra bite during sideways (lateral) maneuvers. It works in tandem with the side lugs of the hiker’s outsole.

Upped rearfoot security. Its aggressive heel counter translates to less wobble on uneven pebbly terrain.

Additional information

  • Merrell’s Cham 7 Slam Luna Leather ships with an extra pair of laces. Based on reports, the shoe has the red ones set by default.
  • Two of its colorways—Porter and Amber Ale—are actual names of beer.


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Over the past 20 years, Paul has climbed, hiked, and ran all over the world. He has summited peaks throughout the Americas, trekked through Africa, and tested his endurance in 24-hour trail races as well as 6 marathons. On average, he runs 30-50 miles a week in the foothills of Northern Colorado. His research is regularly cited in The New York Times, Washington Post, National Geographic, etc. On top of this, Paul is leading the running shoe lab where he cuts shoes apart and analyses every detail of the shoes that you might buy.