Verdict from +100 user reviews

11 reasons to buy

  • Many customers found the shoe comfortable for extended wear making it ideal as everyday footwear.
  • Mesh upper makes wearing them extremely lightweight as if wearing slippers, reported many users.
  • A good number of customers with pronation problems appreciate the removable insole which can easily be replaced with customized orthotics.
  • Quite a lot commented that the Merrell Civet Lace is breathable and well-ventilated.
  • Several comments pointed out that despite the thin mesh material their feet felt protected.
  • Some were impressed that the Merrell Civet Lace doesn’t smell after wearing them for a long 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.
  • 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.
  • Travelers love using them on trips because it 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 noted 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 with enough wiggle room.

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 breathe 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. Another reason why many people bought the Merrell Civet Lace is the practicality of shelling out $90 for such a lightweight and durable shoe.

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Good to know

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.

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.

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.

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.

Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny McLoughlin is a researcher for RunRepeat covering football, sneakers and running. After graduating with a degree in computer science from The University of Strathclyde, Danny makes sure never to miss a game of his beloved Glasgow Rangers or the Scotland national football team. He has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.