Verdict from +100 user reviews

6 reasons to buy

  • A good number of users share their satisfaction with Merrell’s Primer Canvas for the all-around style and comfort it provides.
  • The majority of the shoe buyers find the construction of the shoe durable.
  • Several wearers express excitement on how the no-frills design fits their casual lifestyle.
  • Numerous buyers find that the color selection allows for versatile styling.
  • Most reviews mention that the Primer Canvas shoes are lightweight.
  • This casual sneaker is good for city walking, according to some reviewers.

3 reasons not to buy

  • Some shoe wearers find the insoles on the low-top Merrell Primer Canvas pretty thin.
  • A few users share they find it lacks some ample arch support.
  • According to a couple of purchasers, they find the soles fall short on support.

Bottom line

Merrell’s Primer Canvas is sturdy enough to face the daily hustle and bustle of one’s routine rain or shine. Featuring Merrell’s M-Select™ GRIP outsole ensures highly slip-resistant stability that aids in securing one’s feet in any element.

Moreover, the Kinetic Fit™ Base insole provides intuitive support that contours one’s feet while keeping it free from the unwanted foul odor.

Tip: see the best sneakers.

User reviews:

Good to know

The Primer Canvas is exclusive in men’s sizing. Several of those who have already purchased this lifestyle shoe recommend getting it in half a size smaller. The round toe vamp allows for enough space to rest the wearer’s toes comfortably.

For those whose preference is a more cushiony footbed, one can remove the insole and replace it with their own orthotics.

This addition to Merrell’s line of casual lifestyle shoes, thinking of ways to style this sneaker comes in a myriad of choices.

With the traditional canvas upper and lace-up closure classic sneaker silhouette, donning on a pair of olive green chinos folded at the seams, a navy blue turtleneck sweatshirt, and a pair of either brown or black Primer Canvas on the feet will encapsulate that clean, preppy look.

There are hints of suede patching on the toe bump and the heel collar to give that contrast to the canvas texture. While a textile-lined padded collar adds support.

The midsole comes over the top of the heel for that stylish look while providing added support. Visible on the entire midsole is a pinstripe feature that adds an informal vibe to the sneaker.

Founder Randal Merrell established the company in 1981 together with former ski executives Clark Matis and John Schweizer. Merrell has already been crafting customized boots for outdoor enthusiasts, but with Matis’ athletic instincts and Schweizer’s business experience and Italian connection, the trio launched hiking boots.

Merrell released its first shoe in 1983. In the same year, the company built a women’s footwear.

One of the best-sellers from the company was the Merrell 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.

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

Ever since its first release, Merrell has then expanded its products to lifestyle apparel and accessories, that opened up to the casual shoe range.

The Merrell Primer Canvas, which is among Merrell’s low top selections, features an old-school canvas sneaker design, which has spawned other editions like the Merrell Primer Leather and Merrell Primer Mid Leather.

  • A textile tonal strip runs on the lateral side with 3-stitch threading that stand-out against the tonal hue.
  • Debossed, “Merrell’ branding bleeds to the midsole by the heel counter on the lateral side.
  • To secure the fit is a lace loop on the tongue.

Danny McLoughlin
Danny McLoughlin

Danny McLoughlin is a researcher for RunRepeat covering football, sneakers and running. After graduating with a degree in computer science from The University of Strathclyde, Danny makes sure never to miss a game of his beloved Glasgow Rangers or the Scotland national football team. He has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.