Verdict from +100 user reviews

12 reasons to buy

  • Several consumers enjoyed these sneakers because they can be used indoors, outdoors, sandy, and rocky areas.
  • The soles of the Enlighten Shine Breeze provide good traction according to one user.
  • A high number of testers appreciate that these sneakers are amazingly lightweight.
  • One commenter noted that these shoes look small but fit like a glove.
  • A significant number of reviewers mentioned that these sneakers are incredibly comfortable.
  • Most loyal users of Merrell footwear were not disappointed with this pair.
  • The style of the shoe is sleeker than the average walking shoe, as mentioned by an online commenter.  
  • Several users were able to stand and walk for more extended hours and distances with these on.
  • The mesh pattern not only adds an excellent detail to the shoe but it makes it breathable and keeps the feet stay reasonably cool, as observed by one user.
  • One tester noted that for the material used and the construction of the shoe, the Merrell Enlighten Shine Breeze is offered at an affordable price.
  • These sneakers’ sole is quite thin and flexible and can be appreciated by people who want to experience a similar feeling as walking barefoot.
  • Generally, these fit true to size.

4 reasons not to buy

  • Several consumers noted that these sneakers lack arch support.
  • According to one user, the rubber around the sole quickly gets dirty.
  • One tester mentioned that the shoelaces are abnormally short.
  • A couple of reviewers feel disappointed that the padding at the top of the shoe is quite thin which makes it painful to wear after a few hours.

Bottom line

The Merrell Enlighten Shine Breeze is a low-top women’s sneaker packed with different materials and technologies to ensure a sleek style and an all-day comfort. Armed with M Select technologies-- Move, Grip, and Fresh, these sneakers are suitable for every day and all-day wear.

Moreover, it stays true to Merrell’s principles of letting its users enjoy the outdoors because of its breathable upper, cushioned midsole, and a grippy outsole.

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Good to know

The Merrell Enlighten Shine Breeze is available in women’s US sizes ranging from 4-11 B. There are half size options for a broader selection. These sneakers also come with a traditional lace-up closure, which permits a more customizable fit. More so, the mesh, leather, and synthetic upper hugs the feet making it not only comfortable but secures it as well.

Among the Merrell low-top sneakers made for walking and traveling, the Merrell Enlighten Shine Breeze combines sporty street style and continuous comfort. These sneakers feature a mix of leather, mesh and synthetic upper, which creates a pleasing accent on the overall look of the shoe. The casual style of the shoe is best paired with a casual outfit, or it can also be dressed up to create an exciting mismatch.

More than the sleek and sporty look of the Enlighten Shine Breeze, this shoe is constructed for all-day comfort. Backed up with technologies like the M Select Move, which is a foot frame designed to adapt to the natural flex of the foot naturally. Additionally, it is integrated with Return Foam™, a cushioned and contoured support that provides stability, comfort, and freedom of movement.

It is then seated on an M Select™ GRIP outsole, a gripping technology that provides durability and maximum traction. It is comprised of sticky lugs that lessens the risks of accidents by stopping dirt and rocks from clutching on the outsole. Additionally, the angled lugs make it suitable for dry and wet terrains.

Starting from a pair of handmade cowboy cleats, Randy Merrell got the spark of interest in shifting from industrial shoe-making school to actually making cleats. In 1981, he teamed up with savvy business executives, Clark Matis and John Schweizer. Matis and Schweizer's athletic instincts and background in the industry meshed well with Merrell’s footwear expertise.

The company applied a no-compromise approach to its products. In 1983, the first Merrell products were delivered to the market. On that same year, they also released their first women’s hiking cleats injected with QForm Comfort Technology. It is designed for women’s unique bone structure, stride, and profile.

Continuing with its release of women's footwear is the launch of Merrell Enlighten Shine Breeze. Classified as a casual sneaker, it stays consistent with Merrell's core value of instilling comfort, design, durability, and versatility in all its footwear.

  • The breathable mesh lining and M Select™ Move footbed is treated with M Select™ FRESH odor control. This technology uses natural enzymes that break down odor-causing bacteria and resists sweat which makes the feet smell and feel fresh all day.
  • This sneaker incorporates an air cushion on the heel part which helps absorb shock and enhances stability.
  • The shoe’s arch shank is composed of a molded nylon. It permits stability and forefoot flexibility.
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.