Verdict from +100 user reviews

10 reasons to buy

  • Several buyers who tried the Merrell Freewheel Lace were pleased with the support tread on its rubber sole.
  • Bikers noted the pedaling efficiency of the Freewheel Lace.
  • Many reviewers specified that the shoe is incredibly light, which makes it extremely comfortable to wear all day.
  • Buyers were amazed that this attractive commuter shoe performs well on the road and fashionably suitable for business affairs and even dinner night outs.
  • Many affirmed that the Merrell Freewheel Lace has ample support and cushioning.
  • This sporty shoe with high-quality leather has a super reliable sole with plenty of grip.
  • This sneaker has a very supple leather which gets softer the longer one wears them.
  • Cyclists noted that the Freewheel Lace is one of the most functional, non-cleat cycling shoes available.
  • Highly recommended by buyers as the price is very reasonable and worth every cent.
  • The fit is undeniably great for bike commuting.

1 reasons not to buy

  • The light colored sole gets dirty quite easily.

Bottom line

The Merrell Freewheel Lace balances two concepts in one shoe. It works efficiently as a sporty bike shoe and a fashionable go-to post-commute kick appropriate for casual business and street styling.

Not only is the Freewheel Lace extremely supportive with its bike-specific technologies, but comfortable and lightweight as well. Simply put, this versatile, sporty shoe with a minimalist silhouette is a bang for the buck as it comes with an affordable price tag.

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The Merrell Freewheel Lace, low-cut fashionable sneakers with a cycle-friendly silhouette, is available in men’s sizes from 7 to 15 US, with half sizes. It runs true to size with a medium width. There’s adequate room in the toebox that allows the toes to splay while walking or biking along the wheel.

The Merrell Freewheel Lace is a strikingly low profile shoe that’s versatile as it can be worn for bike commuting, casual everyday wear, and even business functions. It has a velvety suede upper with a functional sole that is very stylish and sporty, casual yet professional.

This classic bike shoe provides a sophisticated touch to any simple casual attire from shorts to long pants. The sneaker’s simple and clean designed cover blends well in a relaxed business environment and fits appropriately into an informal affair around town.

The Freewheel Lace is undeniably a shoe that fits the cycling category from its giveaway name to its most prominent feature on the outsole. The base of this well-constructed shoe has a distinguishable Y-shaped flexible platform, an innovative feature by Merrell which it called the CycleTread.

This technology provides strength in the underfoot and allows the biker to achieve ultimate control during pedal pushing.  Surrounding this area is a rubber outsole with a strong grip.

Complimenting the flex plate is an extended nylon arch shank that reinforces the outsole. The shank, embedded between the insole and the outsole region of the shoe just below the foot arch, is an added support structure for sturdiness and ease when pushing the pedals and freewheeling downhill and around town.

Merrell is widely known as a dependable brand for outstanding outdoor adventures. This was founded by Randy Merrell when he attempted to create hiking cleats, long after he put aside his pursuit in Western cleats. Through the years, Randy painstakingly traversed one summit of challenges after another and navigated boundless of roads to supply footwear for various land terrains.

Randy’s formidable steps led him to further analyze the anatomical and biomechanical structure of the foot, which later became the core of Merrell’s technologies. From hiking shoes, Merrell diversified and tapped other outdoor footwear by producing high-quality shoes for runners and bikers. From cleats, the brand worked on manufacturing casual sneakers and work shoes, sandals, and slip-ons.

Merrell responded to the needs of bicyclists when it launched minimalist silhouettes that incorporated the brand’s advanced technologies for a bike shoe minus the overwhelming technical physical features. The advanced solutions of Merrell paved the way for the arrival of streetwise shoes, starting off with its slim-fitting Roust Fury, an aesthetically pleasing shoe. Its technical features such as good pedal grip, outsole flexibility, and stability are hidden below its simple looking upper.

The synthetic leather and mesh combo cover of the Roust Fury may have toned down a lot on the external performance elements commonly associated with cycling shoes, but Merrell went further into refining and developing a multi-purpose biking sneaker. Thus, it designed a cycle-friendly shoe with a minimalist silhouette it called the Freewheel Lace. The breathable mesh upper of the earlier iteration was stripped off to produce this sneaker with full suede cover.

  • The upper is made of pig suede with a silky finish which can be cleaned by brushing gently with soft bristles.
  • The canvas lining of the shoe and removable footbed are treated with the patented Aegis antimicrobial solution that preserves the inside of the show fresh and free from fungus and microorganisms, thereby eliminating the chances of having a foul odor.
  • The upper and lining is securely stitched to the insole of the Freewheel Lace for optimum strength and flexibility during pedaling and walking.
  • Other variations of the Merrell Freewheel with the featured CycleThread technology are: mid-top Freewheel Chukka and low-cut Freewheel Mesh with breathable organic upper.
  • The heel region has the Merrell Air Cushioning for added stability and shock absorption.
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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.