• 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
    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: 6.8oz
    Women: 5.8oz
  • Heel to toe drop
    Heel to toe drop
    Men: 0mm
    Women: 0mm

    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
    Heel height
    Men: 11mm
    Women: 11mm
  • Forefoot height
    Forefoot height
    Men: 11mm
    Women: 11mm
  • Width
    Men: normal
    Women: normal
  • Release date
    Release date
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We spent 8.1 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what runners think:

4 reasons to buy

  • Many runners were happy with the lightweight construction of the shoe.
  • The Pace Glove 3 has a synthetic and mesh upper.
  • The TrailProtect pad in the underfoot provides the needed protection, said some testers.
  • Available in several color choices.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Most reviews mentioned that the fit of the Pace Glove 3 is very disappointing than the previous version.
  • The “glove” feeling was lost on this 3rd update based on some runners’ feedback.

Bottom line

The Merrell Pace Glove 3 still offers a lightweight and comfortable ride. However, most runners were disappointed by the updates made on this shoe. This minimalist running shoe is best for trail runs and trail racing.


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Updates to Merrell Pace Glove 3

  • Rising from the success of its predecessor, the Pace Glove 2, the new Merrell Pace Glove 3 features a more robust construction that moves away from its slightly flimsy older version. The upper unit has more substance to it. The fused overlays are slightly thicker and they help to maintain the structure of the upper. The mesh material also has a more open construction that’s not very well-appreciated before.
  • Breathability, flexibility and close-to-the-ground running are the main purposes of the Merrell Pace Glove 3. These are arguably very important qualities that are meant to quicken the pace of the runner. This version maintains that standard and it delivers minimalist running to those who need it while maintaining durability and support.
  • The underfoot cushioning system is very thin for this running shoe. It doesn’t have multiple layers of foam that offer different levels of cushioning or stability. The zero-drop design of the platform encourages the neutral position of the foot pad when standing idly. But it’s capable of delivering minimal underfoot support.
  • The outsole unit of this running shoe has been modified to provide more protection when it comes to debris and other hazards on the trails. It has a plate that essentially shields the foot from any jagged or rough surfaces that might cause injury or discomfort when traversing the land.

Merrell Pace Glove 3 size and fit

The 3rd version of the Pace Glove from Merrell has a standard running shoe length. It comes in a variety of sizes that follow the regular measurements for length. This running shoe has been designed optimally to fit women. It has a medium width for the heel, mid-foot and forefoot sections. It accommodates those with medium-sized feet.


The outsole unit of the Merrell Pace Glove 3 makes use of the Vibram TC 1 Outsole, which is one of the most durable and reliable external sole compounds. Consisting mostly of rubber, this layer is able to provide protection against wear and tear. It’s also capable of giving traction over a variety of surfaces. A Trail Protect Plate gives protection when it comes to the rougher and more unpredictable surfaces on the trails. This plate is essentially a shield for the foot, keeping it safe from discomfort and injury.


The mid-sole foam is actually just 4mm thick. It’s made from CMEVA or compression molded Ethylene vinyl acetate. It delivers responsive cushioning and mild protection from shock. It’s not the most robust underfoot platform, but it gives minimalist runners a comfortable platform on which to rest the foot.


The upper unit was made with Air Mesh and Synthetic Leather. It’s a mix of materials that provides durable, breathable and comfortable coverage to the runner. It has a more open construction than the previous version of this shoe, so it’s sure to give more ventilation for the foot. A glove-like fit is afforded by the Merrell Omni-Fit lacing system. Fabric strips are placed on the upper unit and connected to the lacing system. They react when the shoelaces are lightened or loosened, thus making the fit more customizable. The interior lining of this model features a neoprene fabric that’s coated with an anti-microbial treatment that is sure to keep the interior cleaner and healthier for the foot.