Verdict from +100 user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • The majority of the users find the Merrell Primer Laceless Canvas a very comfortable yet stylish pair of sneakers.
  • Numerous buyers express their satisfaction with how lightweight the shoe feels.
  • Most reviewers mention how they can wear this for everyday use.
  • A couple of wearers who wear custom orthotics note how this sneaker affords an ample snug fit.
  • Several wearers state how this sleek-designed low-top fits their casual lifestyle.
  • This footwear is a good, comfortable walking shoe, according to some purchasers.

2 reasons not to buy

  • Some shoe reviews note how the forefoot felt a little narrow to their liking.
  • According to a few users, they had a tad difficulty slipping on the shoe.

Bottom line

In addition to Merrell’s casual lifestyle range, the Merrell Primer Laceless Canvas is a good, everyday wear for those who live out a more laid-back style. Featuring Merrell’s M Select® GRIP outsole affords the wearer stable traction while going in and out of their offices or going about one’s errands.

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Good to know

Much like the lace-up version of this shoe, the Merrell Primer Laceless Canvas slip-on is exclusive to men’s sizing. Lining the padded heel counter is a breathable mesh textile that provides enough ventilation for an odor-free foot.

Thinking of outfits to style with the Merrell Primer Laceless Canvas comes in a multitude of options, especially with the availability of basic hues of brown, navy blue, black, and gray. 

For a casual meeting with some colleagues, one can put on a plain white button-down polo tucked into khaki trousers, a pair of gray Primer Laceless Canvas, and a navy blue blazer.

Much like the Merrell Primer Canvas, this, too, has a 3-stitch feature visible on the lateral side that complements well with the colorway. This detail serves as an accent against a predominantly solid color.

Also, while not visible, this slip-on sneaker has the Merrell air cushion. This exclusive technology is a sealed unit in the heel section, which absorbs four times the weight of the wearer. Additionally, air cushioning also provides more stability.

Merrell was established in 1981 by Randal Merrell and former ski executives Clark Matis and John Schweizer.

With Matis’ athletic experiences, Schweizer’s business acumen and Italian connection, and Merrell’s customized outdoor boots, the trio released its first shoe in 1983. 

The year 1983 also saw a shoe range for the woman lover of the outdoors.

Every crafted shoe infuses Merrell’s core values of comfort, durability, design, and versatility with a “no compromise” approach. Moreover, this Indiana-based manufacturer melded American cowboy with an Italian flair of the boot manufacturing process.

Merrell sold his shares in 1986 and decided to go back to his first love of customizing boots, and was bought by Montreal-based Karhu. After expanding to 22 countries, the company was acquired by Wolverine World Wide Inc.

Ever since its first release, Merrell has then expanded its products to lifestyle apparel and accessories, that opened up to the casual shoe range.

The Merrell Primer Laceless Canvas, which is among Merrell’s low-top selections, features a slip-on sneaker design and has spawned other editions like the Merrell Primer Laceless Leather.

  • There is a suede patch on the heel for that added contrast to the canvas texture.
  • The midsole comes over the top of the heel for that added support.
  • A debossed “Merrell’ branding bleeds to the midsole by the heel counter on the lateral side.

Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny McLoughlin is a researcher for RunRepeat covering football, sneakers and running. After graduating with a degree in computer science from The University of Strathclyde, Danny makes sure never to miss a game of his beloved Glasgow Rangers or the Scotland national football team. He has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.