Verdict from 100+ user reviews

5 reasons to buy

  • Lots of the Merrell Ontario Suede Mid reviews speak of its amazing comfort.
  • Several expert reviewers like its fuss-free lacing system that enables a snug fit.
  • This shoe can be worn in the spring and any weather because it isn't too hot or warm, says óne pro reviewer.
  • It has a very versatile look which makes it suitable for different activities, according to some people.
  • A few buyers also note that the Ontario Suede Mid performs well on woodland trails, coastal walks, and lowland rambles.

2 reasons not to buy

  • This boot is much narrower than other Merrel hikers, according to some.
  • A hiker wishes it has a little more padding on the ball of the foot.

Bottom line

A great-looking boot that boasts of quality comfort and protection, the Merrell Ontario Suede Mid has received amazing compliments from hikers and casual wearers alike. Those who have used it on the trail can attest to its sturdy construction, versatility, and top-notch performance. Also, it stands between being warm and breathable, which makes it a perfect shoe for the spring and during moderate weather conditions.

The Ontario Suede Mid runs a bit narrow for some. So if you have wide feet, make sure to get an accurate fitting first before going with these hiking boots.

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Good to know

  • The low-top full-grain leather hiker that became really popular in the past years now has its mid-top version in Suede. This model features a soft and velvety pigskin upper with the sticky Vibram Megagrip outsole for lasting performance on the trail.
  • It also incorporates the Merrell Air Cushion in the heel for shock absorption and stability. Meanwhile, the compression-molded EVA midsole offers comfort without the added weight while the Kinetic Fit Base insole provides flexible support when walking or running.

As a mid-top hiker, the Ontario Suede keeps the ankle secure with its padded tongue and collar. Its suede leather upper conforms to the shape of the foot while the lace-up closure extending towards the top lets the wearer adjust the tightness whenever needed.

This boot features the popular Megagrip outsole by Vibram. As hiking soles need to be durable and protective, the Megagrip outsole is made of a high-performance rubber compound that grips nicely on wet and dry surfaces. The triangular lugs throughout the sole are designed to create enough grip and stickiness on varying terrain, from soft forest trails to hard, rocky grounds. 

However, the lugs are just 3mm deep so this boot might have less grip and traction on muddy terrain but feels really comfortable on pavement or even firm dirt.

The Ontario Suede mid-cut boots have midsoles made of ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA). It's a foam-like material that is very lightweight and flexible. It also cushions the foot very well. Thanks to its soft texture. EVA is a popular material choice in performance footwear because it helps disperse weight and provide stability. One downside, however, is that it is less durable than the Polyurethane (PU) midsole which is commonly used in rugged hiking and mountaineering boots. 

Additionally, this leather hiker also comes with a Kinetic Fit Base insole (also made of EVA), which is a removable footbed that offers flexible, intuitive support when walking. This insole provides absolute arch coverage and features organic odor control.

The entire upper is made of Suede leather which is available in four colorways, including Robe and Charcoal Gray.  The collar, tongue, and interior lining are all made of mesh fabric to help with breathability. This boot also features a metal lacing hardware which includes a second lace option (one pop and another tonal color). 

-This model isn't waterproof. Check out the Ontario Mid Waterproof if you're looking for a pair of Merrell boots that you can use during rainy hikes.


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