Verdict from +100 user reviews

10 reasons to buy

  • The Merrell Gridway is averagely priced, which a few buyers like.
  • Most wearers laud the kicks for being very comfortable right out of the box.
  • Several users appreciate that the Merrell Gridway uses recycled materials.
  • It’s a nice-looking sneaker, commend many reviewers, describing it as cool, clean, stylish, and classy.
  • More than a few commenters have revealed that they received many compliments for the kicks.
  • The Merrell Gridway is very lightweight, some purchasers have praised.
  • Several reviewers note that the shoe looks well-made.
  • Some users share that they like the Merrell Gridway so much that they have ordered a second pair.
  • There are several color options for this model from the Merrell casual shoe range.
  • It’s very breathable, quite a few commenters have observed.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Several buyers have complained that the Merrell Gridway has a narrow toe box.
  • Some testers feel that the shoe doesn’t have enough support for longer wearing.

Bottom line

In the Merrell men's and women’s Gridway reviews, purchasers laud its comfortable feel. It also has a lightweight and breathable fit, with a highly praiseworthy style. Some report that they have received many compliments.

Users also note that the sneaker is well-made, with several buyers praising its recycled materials, a unique feature among Merrell sneakers. All these features add up to the average price of $130. However, it has been observed to run narrow, with insufficient support for extended wearing.

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Fit & Sizing

Sizes for women and men are available for this sneaker. The Merrell Gridway is offered in women’s and men’s sizes. One of Merrell’s lifestyle kicks, the shoe has a knit upper that delivers unrivaled flexibility and breathability while supporting the foot’s movement. It also has a low elastic collar that does not hinder the ankle.

Several colorways were released for the Gridway from Merrell. For the women, the shoe is offered in glacier grey, brindle, and black, while men can choose among the colors turbulence, boulder, and black. The sneaker’s simple and low-key appeal makes it ideal for pairing with a variety of everyday outfits.

Women can pair these kicks with jeans or shorts for any day, topped with a blouse, t-shirt or pullover. For more dressed-up occasions, the model can be worn with skirts or dresses along with a cardigan or denim jacket. On the other hand, the Merrell men’s Gridway can be paired with pants, shorts or joggers, along with t-shirts, button-downs or sweatshirts.

As an eco-friendly sneaker, the low-top Merrell Gridway shows off a simple style that does not hurt nature. Its knit upper is entirely made up of recycled yarn. The traditional lace closure is also entirely made up of recycled material. Meanwhile, the removable EVA footbed was built using 50% recycled resources.

As a result, the shoe is a lightweight and stylish wonder that offers a contemporary style with a bit of a classic touch. The collar is elastic, providing extra flexibility for the ankle. There is also a pull tab to quickly put the sneaker on and off.

Merrell branding is found on the midsole, offering a subtle accent. A contrasting leather piece on the heel adds a quirky detail to the otherwise straightforward design.

In 1981, Merrell was founded by Randy Merrell, Clark Matis, and John Schweizer, initially as a brand of high-performing hiking cleats. Randy Merrell was a well-known maker of high-quality custom cleats. Matis and Schweizer, two former Rossignol ski company executives, thought he was perfect for what they wanted to produce: a more affordable cleat for high performance.

Since then, more categories were added to the brand’s catalog, including Merrell casual sneakers that offer a balance of performance, style, and comfort. Although the brand is mainly known for its hiking and outdoor shoes, it has also been catching up in the lifestyle department by producing fresh kicks for urban use.

One such sneaker is the Merrell Gridway. This model is designed for living off the grid, enabling the wearer to transition between activities in relative comfort. It’s also a notable shoe in that it’s made up of 100% recycled yarn knit on the upper. The rest, including the insole and midsole, is also partly made up of recycled materials. As such, it’s one of today’s trendy and timely eco-friendly sneakers.

As an eco shoe, it’s as reliable as it is comfortable and lightweight. Also, its use of sustainable materials will lead the way for the brand’s eco drive. All in all, this model adds variety and style to the low-top Merrell shoe collection, maintaining the brand’s commitment to the outdoors while satisfying the need for looks and features.

  • The Vibram EcoDura outsole is made up of 30% recycled waste from post-manufacturing processes.
  • Additionally, the midsole is constructed with 30% recycled EVA material.


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