• Terrain


    Shoes best for road, track and light gravel. See the best road shoes.


    Shoes best for trail, off road, mountains and other unstable surfaces. See the best trail shoes.

    Good to know

    As long as you stick to the road or path, and if you want just one running shoe, buy a road running shoe.

  • Arch support

    Neutral / cushion / high arch

    Shoes for runners who do not need any additional arch support (Around 50% of runners). Best for people with normal, high or medium high arches. See the best neutral shoes.

    Stability / overpronation / normal arch

    Shoes for runners who need mild to moderate arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a low arch. See the best stability shoes.

    Motion control / severe overpronation / flat feet

    Shoes for runners who needs a lot of arch support. Best for runners with flat feet. See the best motion control shoes.

    Good to know

    - Rule of thumb: If in doubt, buy neutral shoes to avoid injuries.
    - More about arch support in this video.
    - Find your arch type by following steps from this video.

  • Use

    Daily running

    Cushioned shoes for your daily easy running. Great comfort. See best shoes for daily running.


    Lightweight shoes good for races, interval training, tempo runs and fartlek. Here are the best competition running shoes.

    Good to know

    If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.

  • Price
  • Weight
    Men: 10.9oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Men: 8mm

    The height difference from the heel to the forefoot, also known as heel drop, toe spring, heel to toe spring or simply drop.

    There are many opinions about what a good heel drop is. We do not recommend any in particular. Lean more in this video.

  • Heel height
    Men: 34mm
  • Forefoot height
    Men: 26mm
  • Width
    Men: Normal
    Women: Normal
  • Release date
Show more facts

- The Nova is a Merrell trail running shoe. The external pad of this off-road companion is made up of a rubber compound that has aggressive gripping lugs. The claw-like structure of this section aims to maintain balance and confident movements over the unpredictable outdoor terrains. A compression molded ethylene vinyl acetate unit serves as the primary source of cushioning.

- A textile that is resistant to tears and abrasion is used for the upper unit of the Merrell Nova. Printed and stitched-on overlays buttress this fabric, maintaining its structure and heightening its durability. Fabric eyelets link the façade to a ghillie lacing system, allowing for a traditional fit adjustment method to modify the in-shoe hug.

Standard measurements were used in the making of the Merrell Nova. The consumer’s regular sizing choices work well with this product. When it comes to width, the only available variant is D – Medium. Those with low and medium foot dimensions and volumes are the ones who are welcome to test this product.

The semi-curved shape of the lasting board and the form-welcoming upper unit work together to accommodate the natural curve and structure of the human foot.

Men’s foot measurements were used as the blueprint for the creations of the Nova.

The outsole unit of the Merrell Nova is composed of the Vibram® TC5+, a compound that is highly resistant to wear-and-tear. This layer acts as a shield between the midsole and the ground. It also doles out traction through its sticky characteristic.

Full clamping capacity is afforded by the multiple gripping lugs that pockmark the surface of the external pad. These protruding shapes and arrow-like erections fundamentally act like claws that sink into the ground and solidify the position of the foot.

The opposite-facing configuration of the lugs allows the runner to quickly and confidently traverse slanting topography, thus easing the process of climbing or descending tricky paths.

A compression molded ethylene vinyl acetate (CMEVA) foam comprises the primary cushioning unit of the Merrell Nova. This feature runs the entire length of the shoe, providing full-bodied support to the whole foot. Its reactiveness that welcomes the bending capacity of the foot while its shock-attenuating and energy-transferring abilities permit an invigorated step.

Extra cushioning pods are placed in the heel and forefoot section. These trappings heighten the impact alleviating ability of the midsole, particularly when it comes to the striking phase of the gait cycle. Both heel and forefoot are able to benefit from this inclusion.

An insole made from EVA is placed right above the CMEVA platform. This add-on provides a bit more oomph to the underfoot experience. It can be removed or replaced with a new one if the runner chooses to do so.

The TrailProtect™ is a sheet that is sandwiched between the midsole and outsole. The job of this piece is to protect the foot against jagged trail debris and potentially injurious surfaces. It doesn’t hinder the flexibility of the platform because it is thin.

The Nova’s midsole doesn’t have stability mechanisms, thereby making it a neutral running footwear.

The external part of the Merrell Nova’s upper unit is made up of a textile that is highly resistant to abrasion. The purpose of this outer façade is to resist cuts and tears that may be caused by trail debris and other elements. It still has micro-pores which permit environmental air into the interior chamber.

A mesh lining serves as the interior sleeve. It was installed seamlessly to avert any hot spots and chafing as the walls of the shoe-chamber embrace the outline of the foot. Moreover, this lining has a breathable construction which permits air to flow through it and maintain ventilation.

The lightly padded tongue and collar are tasked with buttressing the Achilles tendon, the ankles and the bridge of the foot. These parts of the upper are also meant to prevent in-shoe wobbling and unintentional shoe removals.

Printed overlays bolster the sides and the toe box of this trail runner. These synthetic prints heighten the abrasion resistance, as well as the snugness of the cover system.

The Hyperlock™ technology is comprised of stitched-on overlays that encompass the heel part of the façade. These accoutrements connect directly to the lacing system through eyelets. Looping the shoelaces through the apertures and adjusting them causes the heel coverage to follow suit, thereby heightening the perception of customized in-shoe security.

Discrete fabric eyelets serve as the lace-loops of the Merrell Nova’s ghillie lacing system. Round shoelaces form a lattice across the instep, bringing a fit-adjustment method that can modify the tightness or looseness of the cover system. The detached nature of the lacing tabs averts pinching or the crinkling of the tongue unit, a trait that, in turn, staves off blisters.