Size and fit

The Alpine Sneaker is available for both men and women. Most reviews from the male buyers suggest getting half a size up as it runs a little narrow on the forefoot, while most of the women recommend getting it half a size down. It all boils down to one’s snug preference. 

As it has a detachable footbed, one can opt to put in their own orthotics for a more customized fit. The tongue features a traditional lace-up closure with a textile strip that secures the laces in place.

Merrell Alpine Sneaker Style

Featuring a nylon-suede upper allows flexibility to be worn from the indoors to the outdoors, a signature detail in Merrell’s hiking-inspired sneakers

Colorways from basic blacks that go well with casual work attire to earth tones of olive green, brown, and gray for the adventure-seeker to the printed upper or plaid insole linings, there is an Alpine Sneaker for any event.

                 Corporate casuals 

  • Donning on a pair of navy blue cotton-twill pants with a plain folded-sleeve coral button-down polo, and an Alpine Sneaker in ebony on feet and one is ready to conquer the boardrooms.

                 Urban to the jungle

  • A pair of olive-colored Alpine Sneakers will take an adventurer from the busy streets of the city to the tranquility of the park.

Notable Features

Stitching accents on both sidewalls and the ripstop material make for a unique accent that exudes outdoorsy vibes. Slightly padded tongue and heel provide much-needed ankle support and cushion.

The outsole, in a saw-tooth pattern, allows for good traction and durability.

Merrell Alpine Sneaker History

Founder Randal Merrell started out crafting customized boots for outdoor aficionados when he decided to venture to make hiking boots. He partnered with former ski company execs, Clark Matis and John Schweizer. With Matis’ athletic instincts and Schweizer’s business experience and Italian connection, the trio launched Merrell.

Merrell released its first shoe in 1983 and also created a line catered for women in the same year.

Among its best sellers was the Eagle, which features the signature blue laces. It was the first shoe that incorporated multi-sport technologies as it was marketed as a trail running boot.

Having decided to go back to his first love of customizing boots, Merrell sold his shares in 1986 was bought by Montreal-based Karhu. After expanding to 22 countries, the company was acquired by Wolverine World Wide Inc. in 1997.

To this day, Merrell not only caters to hiking aficionados and has expanded its products to lifestyle apparel and accessories. This, too, opened up to the casual shoe range with the aim to encourage everyone to explore the outdoors.

Merrell Alpine Sneaker is among the company’s best-seller for the retro sneaker silhouette and the maximum comfort it offers. Due to its popularity, other versions of the Alpine Sneaker were crafted.

                 Merrell Alpine Sneaker Cross

  • It possesses the same silhouette as the Merrell Alpine Sneaker
  • The same leather and nylon upper material.
  • Instead of the traditional lace-up closure, this features a hook-and-loop strap closure across the instep for easy adjustability.
  • The lace area features more wavy lines that are not found in the regular Alpine Sneaker.
  • A patch Merrell branding is sewed on the lateral side of the heel.

                 Merrell Alpine Sneaker Mid

  • This is the mid-top profile for the regular Alpine Sneaker.
  • The extended portion features ample padding to support the ankle.
  • Nylon-lined padding provides some insulation to keep warm during the cooler months.
  • It has the same color scheme variations as the Alpine Sneaker.

Nice to know

  • Merrell branding is on the lateral side of the heel, outsole, and tongue pull tab.
  • Textile pull-tab assist in a quick putting on and off.

Facts / Specs

Style: Retro, Sporty
Top: Low
Inspired from: Hiking
Closure: Laces
Material: Leather, Rubber Sole, EVA, Nylon / Fabric
Season: Spring, Summer
Features: Breathable / Orthotic friendly / Removable insole

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Danny McLoughlin

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