Merrell Yokota 2 Stretch notable features

-The men's Yokota 2 Stretch is an all-around hiker that features an easy on-and-off construction. 

-It features a durable upper made from suede and textile. And while it isn’t waterproof, the shoe has mesh panels to allow moisture and liquid trapped inside to evaporate quickly.

-The shoe features a Kinetic Fit™ BASE insole for a custom fit, Merrell Air Cushion for shock absorption, and M Select™ GRIP outsole for strong traction and grip. It also comes with the Molded TPU heel counter for added stability.

Size and fit

Merrell Yokota 2 Stretch is a low-cut hiking shoe that incorporates a nylon arch shank. It keeps the boot in shape while providing the foot with a stable platform. This all-around hiker also comes with an elastic cord and lock lacing system for a more secure fit.


Like most Merrel hiking shoes, the Yokota Stretch 2 uses the M Select™ GRIP outsole that comes with 4mm lugs to give hikers more traction and grip on the trail.

The outsole features specialized lugs that are 4mm deep. This indicates better traction on uneven terrain. Also, the lugs are widely spaced for easy release of dirt and debris. The M Select™ GRIP outsoles are known for being durable, stable, and slip-resistant.


These hiking shoes from Merrell are constructed using EVA midsole - a special type of synthetic foam that is lightweight, soft, and supportive. For an even more comfortable stride, Yokota 2 Stretch comes with a Kinetic Fit™ BASE insole that provides flexible, intuitive foot support. This insole is contoured to the wearer’s foot.

Moreover, it features the Merrell Air Cushion - a  sealed unit in the heel section of the footwear. It’s designed to absorb up to four times the weight of the wearer and correctly align the foot within the shoe. All these enhance stability and make walking or hiking more comfortable.


The Merrell Yokota 2 Stretch has a durable upper made from suede leather, textile, and breathable mesh lining. The mesh panels don’t just keep the feet fresh and comfortable. They also enable quick drying when hikers are navigating wet grounds. In addition, the lining is equipped with M Select™ FRESH antimicrobial agents that reduce shoe odor.

This all-around hiker also comes with a molded TPU heel counter that provides good foot and arch support. Meanwhile, the wide folding tongue keeps the debris out and the elastic cord and lock lacing system help the wearer get a nice fit.


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