Verdict from 1 expert and 99 user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • Comfort level: Almost everyone who has given the Merrell Bravada Mid Waterproof a 5-star rating speaks of its remarkably comfy confines.
  • Support: It gives tons of ankle security, based on numerous reviews.
  • Weather protection: According to several users, this Merrell hiker is impressively watertight.
  • Terrain balance: The Bravada Mid Waterproof provides amazing stability, some testers claim.
  • Weight: About a handful of patrons find it satisfyingly light.
  • Break-in period: To a gear pundit, this waterproof hiking shoe loosens up pretty quickly.

1 reason not to buy

  • Adhesion: Its outsole could be stickier on wet surfaces, says a hiker-slash-expert.

Bottom line

Created by women for women, the Bravada Mid Waterproof will pamper your feet and embolden your resolve with each stride. Its sock-like shell, while super comfortable, is mighty supportive—particularly around the arch. And while it is chunky and stable underfoot, its lightness will encourage you to push forward and reach your destination faster than others.

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What the Merrell Bravada Mid Waterproof brings to the table

Its highlights:

  • Its mid-height collar is sturdy enough to provide sufficient ankle support, yet it is minimally cushioned to keep the shoe as light as possible.
  • The Bravada Mid Waterproof’s sock-like construction gives the foot a more intimate connection with the surroundings.
  • It comes with a gusseted tongue. Trail shoes and hiking boots with this type of tongue are more resistant to intrusive debris.
  • You will have double the moisture protection in this Merrell hiker as it comes with a waterproof mesh on top of its proprietary waterproof liner.


  • As it is built to provide sneaker-like comfort, its upper might not be protective enough on more demanding hikes.
  • Its slender collar might make access to the shoe somewhat challenging, especially for women with burlier feet.

Additional info

  • Its waterproof low-cut variant is called Bravada Waterproof.
  • If your hikes are almost always in dry conditions and extra ankle support is hardly a requirement, check out the non-waterproof Bravada.
  • The Bravada series is hailed by Merrell as the world’s first Sniker (Sneaker + Hiking).


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