In our last blog, we talked about the technologies in the Merrell Moab series that make them a great hiking shoe. We have a few different styles of Moab’s, so we’ll break down the differences to make your decision easier!
This is our most popular Moab style. The Mid Cut height offers ankle support and protection from debris. Waterproof Leather uppers and Merrell M Select™ DRY Waterproof, mositure-wicking technology keep you dry and comfy.
The Waterproof Moab has the advantages mentioned above, but instead of the added ankle support, the low cut makes this style great for travel or quick day trips. It is lightweight and fits great in your suitcase!
It’s the start of the 2016 hiking season, and we’re celebrating with our favorite hiking shoe–the Merrell Moab. So what’s in a good hiking shoe? We’ll tell you all about it and how the Moab measures up below.
What to Look for in a pair of hiking shoes:
Breathability: You want a pair of shoes that you can spend a lot time in without overheating or creating a swampy, sweaty and uncomfortable environment for your feet–especially in the summer.
Water Protection: Depending on where you’re hiking, you can encounter wetlands, mud, or various bodies of water. Water-resistant or waterproof hiking shoes are great for tackling wet terrain and won’t hold you back if it rains.
Long-lasting comfort – Make sure that your hiking shoes are comfortable not just when you put them on, but also at the end of your hike.
Rugged outsole – you want an outsole that is going to hold grip in uneven terrain. Skip the road running shoes and look for something with a lugged outsole.
1. Great breathability thanks to uppers with just enough mesh to get air to your feet.
2. Depending on the style, the Merrell Moab series can have a combination of water-resistant or waterproof technologies, including: waterproof leather or synthetic material on the uppers, a GORE-TEX® waterproof membrane, or Merrell M Select™ DRY technology.
3. An air cushion in the heel, CMEVA cushion footframe, and odor control technologies offer long-lasting comfort on your hike.
4. A rugged, durable Vibram outsole has 5mm lugs and is ready to tackle tough terrain.
Breathability is important because feet that can’t breathe will sweat, producing moisture that will make your feet get cold! Your feet sweat even when they’re cold, so carry an extra pair of socks and swap them out.
2. Know your materials.
When it comes to warmth, what makes up your sock or shoe lining is way more important than how thick it is.
Cotton = Cold ! Cotton easily gets wet, especially if your feet are sweating. And once cotton gets damp, it no longer keeps its warmth. That means frozen toes! Cotton socks have their place, but being outside in cold, damp or wet conditions requires something else.
Wool = Warm ! Merino wool is our favorite material for cold-weather socks, because the wool fibers manage moisture and regulate temperature naturally. It’s also less itchy when compared to other wool materials. You’ll find Merino wool in our SmartWool and Darn Tough Socks.
3. Layer Up
Sometimes one sock isn’t enough to do the job. Instead of picking one heavy weight sock, it’s usually better to start with a lightweight, moisture-wicking sock (liner sock) and then add a wool sock on top. If you’re heading out in seriously cold temperatures, your best bet is to use three layers–a lightweight moisture-wicking sock under a lightweight wool sock, with a medium to heavy wool sock on top.
When layering, it’s important to make sure that your feet are still comfortable. If your shoes or socks are fitting too tightly, skip the extra layer. Too much pressure on your foot will cut off circulation to your toes, which can be dangerous in some conditions and defeats the purpose of wearing multiple socks to keep your feet warm. You want enough space that you have a layer of warm air between your socks and your shoes–enough space to wiggle your toes easily in socks.
4. Add some sole.
A wool or sheepskin insole will keep you warm in cool weather. Most winter boots have a thick sole to prevent too much conduction on cold surfaces. The further away your feet are from the cold ground, the warmer they will be. Look for antimicrobial technologies that keep your feet dry, comfortable, and odor-free!
Make sure to pull out liners and insoles when you take your boots off so that they dry properly!
5. Foot Warmers
You can always buy foot warmers to keep in your shoes, but there are a few other ways to warm up your feet at home. You can make your own footwarmer out of fleece material filled with rice or flax seed. Pop it into the microwave and then wrap it around your feet. You can also fill a water bottle with hot water and then roll it under your feet. Make sure you have socks on or that there is a layer over the water bottle to protect your feet. For more foot warming ideas, see our Pinterest Board: Cozy Toes.
Merrell Shoes are all about getting outside and staying active. As the weather starts to get colder, we’d like to see how you get outside–and to help you out there by giving you a free pair of Merrell shoes! Scroll down to see how you can win.
How To Enter :
Take a photo showing how you get outside. Whether you run, hike, or bike, snap a photo of yourself somewhere outside where you’d wear Merrell shoes. (You don’t need to be wearing Merrell shoes in the photo to enter. )
Upload your photo to Facebook and tag us in the picture, or in the caption with @The Shoe Mart. Tell us a little about what you’re doing, which Merrell shoes you would choose if you win, or how you get outdoors when the weather isn’t perfectly sunny.
Make sure you set the photo privacy settings to Public (otherwise, we won’t see it!) Your entry also must be a newly uploaded photo. If you just tag us in an old photo, you won’t be entered.
Next Friday, we’ll choose a winner at random. The lucky winner will be able to select any Merrell shoe from our site as their prize. We know you want to pick out your favorite pair now, so feel free to check out our selection of Merrell Shoes here.
Now, Get Outside!
* This Giveaway is US only.
*** This giveaway is not sponsored, supported, organized, or connected in any way by Facebook. By entering this giveaway, you agree to fully release Facebook from any liability.
Entering college often signifies a new stage in your life–a perfect time to update your wardrobe. As you grow and learn, your style should reflect that growth. We’ve made a list of some of our favorite shoes for college and university life below.
Comfortable flats from Cole Haan, Timberland, and Softspots are perfect for when sneakers or other casual shoes just won’t do. Wear them to class with skirts and dresses (easy to throw on!) or slip them on with your business casual wear for all-day events.
Times are changing, and now you are more likely to receive an interview for a job or internship while still in college. While flats are acceptable in interviews, closed-toe dress heels are more traditional. Comfortable heels not only feel great, but also make you look more practical. Try a pair from Rockport, SoftSpots, or Cole Haan (45 or 65 series for lower heel height).
Your summer wear doesn’t have to be restricted to flip-flops. Rock a more mature look that also helps keep your feet comfortable as you run from class to class with cork-bed or leather sandals from Naot, Olukai, Vionic, or Softspots.
Lace-Ups are comfy, but slip-ons like moccs, loafers, and boat shoes are easy to slide on and off–perfect for those mornings when you don’t really want to get out of bed. Make getting to class on time easy by leaving a pair near your door. Our favorites? Minnetonka Kilty, Sperry Top-Sider classics, and Cole Haan LTE styles.
Weather & WP Boots
Wet, cold, and crazy weather happens–and it doesn’t always result in canceled classes. Be prepared for whatever with Waterproof Boots from Kamik, Timberland, Sperry, Cole Haan, and Sorel (Coming Soon).