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FEATURES of the Merrell Men's Proterra Sport Gore-Tex Shoe
Merrell Stratafuse upper provides a glove-like fit for lightweight durability and natural movement
Gore-Tex Connect Fit delivers amazing glove-like fit
Exceptional breathability and waterproof performance
M Select fresh naturally prevents odor before it starts for fresh smelling feet
EVA removable footbed
SPECIFICATIONS of the Merrell Men's Proterra Sport Gore-Tex Shoe
Weight: 1/2 pair: 14 oz
4mm Drop / 10mm cushion/ 21mm stack height
Minimal design PU midsole increases ground contact and enhances stability
2.5mm lug depth
M Select grip tunes each outsole with durable traction that grips when and where you need it
I have flat feet so any shoe, no matter how great, tends to make my feet hurt after a while. Not so with these, they remain comfortable even after long periods. The cushioning and support is so spectacular that my wife is now wanting a pair! The square toe gives extra room for thick hiking socks without looking too clunky (like many hiking shoes do). This allows me to use it for hiking or a night on the town. Originally bought as a back-up, they have become my go-to shoe. They hold their own through rain...looking forward to using them in snow!
For the past two years I have been wearing zero drop shoes, notably Vibram FiveFingers and GoLite. I have tried some of the New Balance products but never found one that my feet really liked. Anyway, once you start wearing zero drop shoes, everything with any kind of heal feels weird and unbalanced. I have returned more shoes than purchased due to this problem... you just cannot tell by looking at a shoe exactly how much the drop may be. That is why when I see a spec like "4mm Drop / 10mm Cush / 21mm Stack Height", I know that someone else thinks this is important. Coming from my normal barefoot shoes, the lift is barely noticeable. I knew as soon as I put them on they were keepers. The fit is good, and while I can wear 11 or 11.5, depending on how the toe box is configured, the Proterra Sport has a slightly boxy toebox, making 11 great. Drenching rain in the Pac NW proved water proof quality. Very comfortable. If you don't need Gore-Tex maybe try the non-Gore model.