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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.

Neutral / cushion / high arch

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

Stability / overpronation / normal arch

Shoes for runners who needs arch support (Around 45% of runners). Best for runners with a normal arch. See the best stability shoes.

Motion control / severe overproanation / 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.

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.

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.


We spent 7.3 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

7 reasons to buy

  • Majority of the wearers loved the overall positive feel that the shoe gives.
  • Way more than half of the reviewers appreciated the comfort that each pair of Merrell Solo affords them.
  • Many noted how the pair was able to provide moderate arch support.
  • A lot of purchasers, especially the ladies, pointed out the great aesthetics of the Merrell Solo.
  • A considerable number of reviews noted the Merrell Solo’s durability, especially when used for hiking or long hours of walking at work.
  • There were prominent mentions of how breathable or well ventilated each pair is.
  • There are many colors to choose from.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Quite a few buyers thought that the shoes were pricier than necessary.
  • There were a few mentions of how the pair turned out to be smaller than expected.
  • A handful noticed that the Solo felt a bit heavier than their usual sneakers.

Bottom line

The undeniable comfort and style that the Merrell Solo provides are enough for many purchasers to reaffirm or even switch loyalties to Merrell. The breathability and lightness of the materials used on this pair just allow wearers to go on full workdays in them. The pair seems to run small, but opting for half a size larger easily does the trick.



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Merrell Solo History

Being a retro of an 80s classic does not stop the Merrell Solo from breaking the mold. Clad in the vibrancy of athletic colors, this pair stylishly rises above the sea of brown hikers. It is part of Waitsfield, which is a small collection of outdoor shoes that got its name from a remote valley in Vermont where Merrell started.

Aside from the color, the Merrell Solo also differs from its predecessor because of the lighter materials used on it.

All such improvements, it must be noted, are added without sacrificing great grip, comfort, and protection capability, which are qualities that buyers should expect from every hiking pair.

Merrell Solo Style

The Merrell Solo definitely does not fall short when it comes to trail functions. It also brings plenty to the table when it comes to style. Bathed in a vibrant colors, each pair goes perfectly with the casual look of both men and women. Whether during hikes or relaxing strolls around the town center, the Merrell Solo is indeed a reliable and fashion-savvy companion.

Fit & Sizing

The Merrell Solo comes in medium widths for both men and women. The sizes for men range from 7 to 15. A pair for a woman comes in size 5 to size 11.5. Merrell uses a cow suede upper for more support and good hold.

Notable Features

Merrell’s move of bringing back an 80s shoe that is quite a fan-favorite is also a great way for sneaker fans to get to know better a rather popular silhouette in the Solo. The shoe is a testament to Merrell’s innovative and forward thinking of creating flexible, comfortable, and durable hikers. It is a silhouette that is likely here to stay.

Additional Info

  • Each pair uses a proprietary air cushioning technology that provides additional comfort to the heels.
  • The Merrell Solo uses an effective technology that helps prevent foot odor.
  • The outsoles of each pair are infused with the M Select Grip technology that effectively improves grip.
  • It has a removable EVA insole.
  • A molded nylon shank in the arch provides adequate medial support.