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Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.


Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

Good to know

As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

Shoes for runners who does not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / flat feet

Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

Good to know

- Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
- More about arch support in this video.
- Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

Daily running

Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.


Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

Good to know

If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.


We spent 8.1 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

12 reasons to buy

  • Many customers found the shoe comfortable for extended wear making it ideal as everyday footwear or walking shoe.
  • Mesh upper makes wearing them extremely lightweight as if wearing slippers, as reported by many users.
  • A good number of customers with pronation problems appreciate that the EVA footbed is removable and can be easily replaced with comfortable insoles or custom orthotics.
  • Quite a lot commented that the Merrell Civet Lace is breathable and well-ventilated as it felt cool and airy on the feet.
  • Several comments pointed out that despite the thin mesh material their feet felt protected
  • Some are impressed that the Merrell Civet Lace doesn’t smell after wearing them for a longer period of time.
  • A few commented the one-piece sandwiched mesh material is easy to wash-off and clean.
  • Numerous wearers claimed the outsole doesn’t easily wear-out or chip away after several months of use.
  • Shoe outsole has a firm grip and traction on various types of surfaces despite its thin material.
  • Color combinations used in the upper blend well with pants and shorts in neutral shades.
  • One critic commented that the shoe looks like it was well constructed but surprised to note that the sneakers were very durable after more than a year of wearing them.
  • Travelers love using them on trips because they are lightweight to bring and can be worn for hours during walking and exploring activities.

4 reasons not to buy

  • Some women wanted the shoe in more fun colors aside from the white, black, gray, and blue colorways.
  • A few commented that the Merrell Civet Lace has minimal to none arch support and poor cushioning.
  • A select few commented that they would have wanted soft cushioning in the ankle collar.
  • One commenter wanted the toe box a little bit wide and roomy for the foot to move freely.

Bottom line

Reasonably priced at $90 per pair, the Merrell Civet Lace is a comfortable daily walking shoe made of quality one-piece mesh material that lets the feet breather with good ventilation and materials that kept bad odors away. While it lacks the needed arch support and cushioning, buyers of this well-constructed shoe may easily replace the removable EVA insole with their own customized orthotics or cushioned insoles to address arch support concerns. The upper’s mesh material also keeps the shoe lightweight while its outsoles are equipped with M Select grip technology that prevents you from slipping on various ground surfaces and at the same time maintaining traction and hold to the floor. Finally, another major reason why many people are buying the Merrell Civet Lace is the practicality of shelling out $90 for such a lightweight shoe with modern design.



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Merrell Civet Lace History

Since it was established some 36 years ago, Merrell has been producing impressive shoe designs built for the outdoors. Shoes coming out of their design pool include dust, water and mud proofing, lighter materials, improved grip and traction, shock absorption and flexibility that are built for trail hiking or running.

However, as part of their goal of diversifying their shoe models, the company started making casual lace-up sneakers and walking shoes such as the Merrell Civet Lace.

The Merrell Civet Lace was first released in January 2016 with the casual lace-up version launched together with the slip-on moccasin version called the Merrell Duskair Moc and Lace at the time when Merrell has been pushing itself as not only a hiking or outdoor footwear maker but a producer of casual shoes as well.

The company has laid out its basic principles which are solidly anchored on enjoying outdoor activities. For Merrell, what matters most are the four core values that include Comfort, Durability, Design, and Versatility to enjoy nature with dependable footwear that is built to last, a legacy of its company founders who have labored for everyone to enjoy what they love and to experience the great outdoors.

Merrell Civet Lace Style

In terms of style, the Merrell Civet Lace is a casual walking sneaker meant for daily strides to work, to the park or to other places during travel. It is equipped with an extremely lightweight mesh upper material that comes in colors Silver Lining, Sleet, Black, and Mykonos Blue. The shoes are the perfect pair if you want comfort without sacrificing the overall look as the footwear pairs well with pants and shorts for that fashionable and casual look.

Fit & Sizing

The Merrell Civet Lace fits well as it runs true to size. The foot is kept in place by a traditional lace-up shoelace while entry into and exit out of the sneakers are easy with the pull tab at the back heel. Sizes are available for women in Medium B width. Women’s size range starts from US size 5 to 11.5.

Notable Features

The lightweight Merrell Civet Lace has a lot of features to boast even in its unassuming looks. The sneakers feature an upper with M Select Fresh material that has antimicrobial agents to reduce shoe odor. Another feature is the M Select Grip in full rubber for a durable traction adhering to various types of surfaces and doesn’t easily wear out.

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