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85 / 100 based on 5 expert reviews
This is one of my favorite shoes that we've launched in a long time.
Our wear-tester team gave it high marks for protection and durability, but thought the ride was uncomfortable and clunky.
If you're looking for walking shoes to wear in all conditions, slip into the Merrell MQM Flex GTX.
The MQM Flex is just what you’d expect from an outdoors brand like Merrell—the ruggedness and durability of a hiking boot, all neatly wrapped up in a performance trail shoe.
I can wear them for an all-day walk without my feet hurting.
- Designed with athletic mobility in mind, the Merrell MQM Flex GTX is powered by technologies that enable day hikers to tackle trails with agility. Its breathable upper, which is made of mesh and TPU, is imbued with the Gore-Tex Invisible Fit technology for waterproofing minus the bulk.
- For improved flexibility and maneuverability, the lightweight shoe comes with the FLEXconnect. This Merrell-exclusive tech involves the footwear’s soles and the Hyperlock heel counter.
The MQM Flex GTX is a low-cut day hiking shoe for both men and women. It has a fit intended for people with regular-width feet. Its sizing options are comprised of half and whole sizes. The shoe’s classic lockdown system provides a customized fit, while its heel pull tab offers on and off assistance.
Merrell’s MQM Flex GTX is engineered with the M-Select Grip outsole for traction. It promises wearers enough grip on most types of surfaces with its 3.5-mm, debris-shedding lugs. It is reinforced with the TrailProtect pad—another Merrell-exclusive technology that adds a layer of terrain protection for the user.
This heavy-duty component has a narrow extension covering the tip of the forefoot. This covered part serves as the shoe’s toe bumper.
The MQM Flex GTX is capable of stabilizing the foot over uneven terrain with ample cushioning thanks to its FLEXconnect dual-directional flex-groove EVA midsole. Its forefoot has vertical grooves that allow the midsole to flex with better fluidity, giving hikers a sense of connectedness to the ground. Its shock-absorbing capability is doubled down by the Merrell Air Cushion technology embedded in its heel zone. The cushioning it provides is further bolstered by the shoe’s removable EVA footbed.
Protecting the foot from the elements is the footwear’s below-the-ankle upper. Both its exterior and inner liner are made of breathable mesh fabric, while its scuff-resistant overlays and heel-supportive Hyperlock heel counter are made of TPU. Its main bootie is crafted with a Gore-Tex membrane, granting the shoe adequate water protection. It has a bellows tongue that keeps debris out.