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.
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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.
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If you want just one pair of shoes, buy a shoe for daily running.
WeightMen: 8.2ozWomen: 6.4oz
Heel to toe dropMen: 0mmWomen: 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 heightMen: 13mmWomen: 13mm
Forefoot heightMen: 13mmWomen: 13mm
WidthMen: normalWomen: normal
Updates to Merrell Trail Glove 4 Shield
- The Merrell Trail Glove 4 Shield is a running shoe that’s designed for the trails. This product has been configured to suit the cushioning needs of neutral pronators. It has a close-to-the-ground platform design and minimalist aesthetics to cater to those who don’t want the rugged frame of most shoes that are for the trails.
- Compared to the original Trail Glove 4 model, this iteration uses the M-Select™ SHIELD, a water-resistant layer that keeps the upper safe from mild splashes and light rain.
Merrell Trail Glove 4 Shield size and fit
The Merrell Trail Glove 4 Shield is true to size. Runners are expected to get a pair that follows their natural choices when it comes to length. The width profiles are D – Medium and B – Medium for men and women, respectively. The foot-shaped last and the form-fitting midfoot design aim to hug the foot securely.
The Vibram TC5+ is a rubber compound that’s designed to be durable yet lightweight. It doesn’t have the super aggressive gripping lugs that are prevalent in technical-trail-specific outsoles; instead, it various shapes and patterns on its surface to handle multiple types of terrain.
Flexibility is afforded by inconspicuous grooves and the thinness of the sole unit. Such a configuration encourages the natural flow of motion as the foot goes through the gait cycle.
CMEVA or compression molded ethylene vinyl acetate is the material that’s used for the midsole unit of the Merrell Trail Glove 4 Shield. This full-length foam is only 4 millimeters thick, enabling it to be more agreeable to minimalist runners and those who practice a near-barefoot running style. Its purpose is to cushion the foot and keep it safe from impact shock.
A non-removable microfiber footbed offers additional underfoot comfort. It makes use of the M Select™ FRESH antimicrobial and anti-moisture technology to maintain a clean and healthy in-shoe experience.
The upper unit uses mesh. This material accommodates the shape of the foot, supporting it as it traverses the unpredictable terrains. It is also breathable by design.
The M Select™ SHIELD is a treatment that renders the upper unit resistant to water exposure. It’s a helpful way to improve confidence when running in mildly wet conditions.
Thermoplastic polyurethane overlays are printed onto the façade. The job of this add-on is to act as a shield because the sections of the shoe that utilize it are usually the ones that are susceptible to abrasion and trail debris.