The Merrell Versent features the MBound midsole that provides cushioning while giving you quick feedback from the ground to your foot which in turn enhances agility and stability as well as helps you improve your running or walking technique. Meanwhile, the M-Select GRIP outsole gives you the stability you need, preventing slips whether you’re on dry ground or wet. An M-Select Fresh technology applied to the shoe breaks down sweat and fights against odor-causing microbes, keeping your feet smelling fresher, longer.
The Versent is also one of Merrell’s vegan-friendly footwear which means it uses 100% synthetic materials. They also use soy-based inks as well as recycled packaging for the shoe.
Merrell Versent History
The Merrell company is a trusted shoe-making company that has been producing quality footwear since 1981. The company started from the collaboration of two ski company executives, John Schweizer and Clark Matis, with Randy J. Merrell, a known maker of customized boots.
Merrell was founded with the intention of making high-performance boots more affordable for consumers. This venture proved to be successful. Their first products were made specifically for hiking and were well-received by consumers. In 1986, the company sold its 25,000th pair of shoes, although, in that same year, Randy Merrell left the company to continue making custom shoes.
In 1997, with sales volume totaling $23 million, the company decided to foray into making lighter weight shoes. It started with the launch of the “Jungle Runner,” a trail running shoe followed in 2002 by the Jungle Moc, which became a huge success. The latter being a casual slip-on shoe with a trail-running outsole and an upper made of pigskin suede. Owing to the Jungle Moc’s well-received release, the company soon added new lifestyle footwear models to its catalog of products and in 2007 expanded the line to include accessories and apparel as well.
The Merrell Versent belongs to this casual footwear category. It is trail running-inspired, but is explicitly designed for hard and flat surfaces. It was released in 2016 and comes in several bright and striking colors such as Coriander, Teal, Black, Red, and Green. The Versent is a lightweight trainer with fabric and synthetic upper, mesh material for breathability, and a traditional lace closure.