Merrell Forestbound notable features

-This shoe has a leather upper coated with TPU for extra strength and durability. The rubber toe cap and rand also offer additional protection against sharp hazards on the trail.

-With a lug depth of 5mm, the Forestbound provides reliable traction on mud, loose dirt, rocks, and soft grass. Meanwhile, it has a lightweight EVA midsole for comfort and support, and a molded nylon arch shank for stability.

Size and fit

The Merrell Forestbound men and women's hiking shoes are low-cut models. Thus, they provide more freedom of movement yet less support for the ankles. Since the uppers are made of leather, they conform to the feet after some time of use. The collar and tongue are also padded for a comfortable fit. Lastly, this shoe has a lace-up closure for a secure fit.


For the outsole, this shoe has the M Select GRIP with deep lugging to bite into mud, dirt, and grass. The diamond-shaped lugs on the forefoot and heel areas are designed to enhance grip and traction on uneven ground and loose dirt while the grooves along the sides help disperse water easily so the wearer doesn't slip. 


The midsole of the Forestbound is made of EVA foam. It's cushiony, lightweight, and flexible which is important to maintain one's stability on the trail. For added comfort and support, this hiking shoe also comes with the Kinetic Base insole. This insole is removable so people who prefer to use a different one or need custom orthotics can still use the shoe.


As what is expected from a leather shoe, the Merrell Forestbound has a durable upper that offers a good level of protection against abrasion and wearing. While it isn't as durable as genuine leather, PU leather offers good resistance against the elements. The shoe interior is lined with a breathable mesh lining so your feet don't get toasty even if you're wearing a leather shoe. This makes the Forestbound great for hiking activities in the summer. 

The Forestbound also features a die-cut rubber rand and toe cap for added protection against the elements. The bellows tongue helps keep the debris out and the webbing lacing system ensures a snug fit each time. There's also a pull loop at the back for easy wearing or taking off.

Nice to know

-The Merrell Forestbound Waterproof version is also available.


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