This section of the post written by Mr. EMUK
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Merrell shoes and boots are easily my top choice for outdoor footwear, I can't really say a bad thing about them. The Gore-Tex editions are super waterproof and no draughts at all get through. They are very warm shoes to wear. When you have worn a pair they make other shoes feel cheap in comparison, in my opinion.
I've punished every pair that I have owned and they have never failed me. Most pairs have served me at least a couple of years before they decided "enough was enough" with the constant abuse. I tend to do a lot of tarmac walking, which adventure shoes such as this are not really designed for. This is the area in which all of my shoes die! None of the seams have ever failed on any pair that I have owned, nor has the sole come away from the shoe in any way, I just wear them thin (then they start to squeak and drive me insane).
I don't have any photographs of the old pairs, as I don't tend to take pictures of my feet! I do currently own a pair of Chameleon boots, my first Merrell boots, which are just as awesome as all of the other Merrell Chameleon shoes I've had. I have owned three pairs I think? I did try a pair of the Merrell Pro-Terra model, these are marketed as 'approach shoes', which I think basically means they aren't meant to be abused. The soles of this particular model seemed extra soft and I killed them by randomly stepping on a perfectly balanced piece of slate! This occurred on a leisurely stroll on the shore of Lake Windermere in the Lake District. The sharp slate pierced straight through the sole!
So, I sent an email to Merrell customer service to which they replied within 24 hours. They basically asked for a photo of the damage, So, I took an extreme close-up of the hole and a photo of the tab on the tongue, which they also asked for. They replied again within 24 hours and offered me a £130 gift card - to spend in their online store. Which was awesome! I obviously bought Chameleons! They also let me keep the Pro-Terra's, which was fine in dry weather. Bonus.
The grey pair are the first pair I bought, the boots are what I have now. I've also owned the grey ones in a beige colour ,which I wasn't too keen on!.
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Women's Merrell chameleon hiking shoes
This section of the post written by Mrs.EMUK
Merrell have been the brand of Footwear that I was first ever introduced to by way of outdoor/hiking shoes. My first pair were the Chameleon arc 2 Gore-Tex edition. I needed a solid pair of shoes that I could wear all day long and be comfy, warm and dry. These beauties offered me all those things and a wee bit more. They fit me like a glove! I wore them for Uni, work and hiking so they definately got a good testing. Living in Lancashire means a lot of rainy weather so these Gore-Tex edition Merrells were put through their paces and never failed me once. Dry feet equal nice warm feet!
The most impressive aspect of Merrell shoes, I find is the fit. A work of art in the hiking shoe world if you as k me. Never have I ever before or since found a brand of footwear that feel so good to wear. The sizing is always accurate for a start but more importantly they are so erganomically designed to make sure that they fit your foot like they are tailor made. All of the padding is just in the right place, the sole is so sturdy and shaped in a way which that really do make walking easier and they are surprisingly light weight to.
I managed to make my first pair last approximately a year which I think is good considering they were worn relentlessly. The only thing after a year though that made me part ways was that the soles wore through. Other than that the rest of the shoe would have still had plenty more wear in them.
I have owned a few pairs of Merrell Chameleon's now- I still own a pair of Chameleon arc wind Gore-Tex. I have had these for five years and they are still going strong. I haven't worn them quite as much as the previously mentioned Chameleon Arc 2 however they still get a good testing. I generally use these if I know I am going to get seriously muddy as they aren't looking their best anyway after five years. They still offer the same warmth and waterproofing as they did when they were new so keep them I must!
So having owned a couple of pairs of Merrell Chameleon range hiking shoes, it is safe to say I would buy the next pair in the series which are the Chameleon 7 (pictured under 'WOMENS MERRELL CHAMELEON HIKING SHOES') and luckily they look good to!! The only downside I find with Merrell is that they don't always come up with the best looking hiking shoes for my preference. As they say 'beauty is in the eye of the beholder' so this is just an aesthetic issue that obviously has no bearing on the functionality of the shoe and each person has their own style so maybe it is just me?!