Verdict from 55 user reviews

5 reasons to buy

  • Comfortable: In a pair of Merrell Luleas, your feet will not hurt nor tire easily, even on long hikes.
  • Sure foundation: A stable ride is yours in this heavy-duty hiker.
  • Grippy: The Lulea’s toothy outsole has been reported to provide “phenomenal” surface traction on a variety of terrain types.
  • Quick break-in: Just like most Merrell greats, this trail shoe conforms to the shape of the foot almost in an instant.
  • Stylish: Being a head-turner appears to be among the Lulea’s endearing qualities.


2 reasons not to buy

  • Restrictive midfoot: It is "not for someone with a higher instep," says one experienced trail-goer.
  • Heavy: The Merrell Lulea could be way lighter.

Bottom line

If you thought your feet could never catch a break from the trickiness and ruggedness of the trails you frequent, the Lulea dares you to think again. Indeed, this for-women piece from Merrell packs a punch and can turn the odds in your favor, all while leaving your tootsies (mostly) scratch-free. While its brawniness may not appeal to everyone, the same trait is what makes the Lulea an easy pick for longer, tougher hikes.

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Good to know

The Lulea is a Merrell below-the-ankle shoe that is engineered to give female hikers enough comfort and performance for single-day adventures. Its polyurethane (PU) coated upper contains mesh panels for optimal breathability.

The footgear’s patented Q Form 2 midsole renders gender-specific cushioning and support for women. Its M Select Grip rubber outsole delivers multi-directional traction on most types of terrain.

The Merrell Lulea is a day hiking shoe engineered solely for women. It comes with a traditional lacing system, which enables female outdoor enthusiasts to achieve a secure and personalized fit.

The women’s Merrell Lulea comes with a patented M Select Grip to supply traction for day hikes. It uses a diamond-shaped 4.5mm lug pattern to give grip on wet and dry ground conditions. This component is made of a durable rubber compound that enables it to withstand harsh terrain. Moreover, its front tip extends toward the forefoot section to shield the user’s toes from trail hazards.

This hiking shoe from Merrell features the brand’s patented Q Form 2 midsole. It has two layers of ethylene-vinyl acetate foam to give hikers sufficient cushioning and shock absorption. Merrell also engineered it with a heel-centering technology to give gender-specific alignment and comfort. It is paired with a Kinetic Fit Tri removable contoured insole, which delivers support to the foot’s three arches. Moreover, this component also yields added cushioning and underfoot comfort. A molded nylon shank is embedded into the midsole to make the shoe supportive and rigid.

The Merrell Lulea is equipped with an upper made of PU-coated leather and mesh fabric. These materials lower the hiking shoe’s weight while optimizing breathability. A bellows-type tongue is integrated into the upper to prevent debris from entering. Its lacing system employs a series of fabric loops and a pair of metal eyelets for fit management. A pull tab is found at the collar to facilitate easy on and off.

- Buyers who need ankle coverage and support may do well with a pair of day hiking boots. Among the options that may be considered is the Merrell Moab 2 Mid Waterproof.


How Merrell Lulea ranks compared to all other shoes
Bottom 16% hiking shoes
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Bottom 14% Merrell hiking shoes
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Bottom 15% day hiking hiking shoes
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