Who should buy the Merrell Lulea

If you thought your feet could never catch a break from the trickiness and ruggedness of the trails you frequent, the Lulea dares you to think again. It is a solid option if you:

  • Prefer a hiking shoe that is engineered to give female hikers enough comfort and performance for single-day adventures.
  • Prefer a hiking shoe that renders gender-specific cushioning and support for women. 
  • Prefer a hiking shoe that delivers multi-directional traction on most types of terrain.

Merrell Lulea logo

Provides grip on wet and dry ground conditions

The women’s Merrell Lulea comes with a patented M Select Grip to supply traction for day hikes. It uses a diamond-shaped 4.5mm lug pattern to give grip on wet and dry ground conditions. 

Merrell Lulea outsole

Provides protection from trail hazards

This component is made of a durable rubber compound that enables it to withstand harsh terrain. Moreover, its front tip extends toward the forefoot section to shield the user’s toes from trail hazards.

Merrell Lulea outsole 1

Shock-absorbing cushioning

This hiking shoe from Merrell features the brand’s patented Q Form 2 midsole. It has two layers of ethylene-vinyl acetate foam to give hikers sufficient cushioning and shock absorption. Merrell also engineered it with a heel-centering technology to give gender-specific alignment and comfort.

Merrell Lulea midsole

Supportive and rigid cushioning

 It is paired with a Kinetic Fit Tri removable contoured insole, which delivers support to the foot’s three arches. Moreover, this component also yields added cushioning and underfoot comfort. A molded nylon shank is embedded into the midsole to make the shoe supportive and rigid.

Merrell Lulea midsole 1


The Merrell Lulea is equipped with an upper made of PU-coated leather and mesh fabric. These materials lower the hiking shoe’s weight while optimizing breathability. A bellows-type tongue is integrated into the upper to prevent debris from entering. 

Merrell Lulea upper 1

Secure fit and easy to wear

Its lacing system employs a series of fabric loops and a pair of metal eyelets for fit management. A pull tab is found at the collar to facilitate easy on and off.

Merrell Lulea easy to wear

Nice to know

  • Buyers who need ankle coverage and support may do well with a pair of day hiking boots. Among the options that may be considered is the Merrell Moab 2 Mid Waterproof.

Facts / Specs

Weight: Women 520g
Use: Day Hiking
Cut: Low cut
Features: Breathable / Orthotic friendly / Removable insole
Width: Normal
BRAND Brand: Merrell
Material: Leather, Rubber sole, Mesh upper / Fabric

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