Merrell Men’s Trail Glove 5 Sneaker – Review

Merrell Men’s Trail Glove 5 Sneaker – Product characteristics

  • Synthetic sole
  • Textile and Synthetic
  • Mesh Upper- Allows air to penetrate the fabric for a cool, comfortable environment.
  • Traditional Lace Up System- Adjustable fit for added security.
  • Moulded Nylon Arch Shank- Supportive structure diminishes load on feet and calves.
Merrell Men's Trail Glove 5 Sneaker, Black, 10.5 M US*
  • Vibram TC5+
  • Merrell Barefoot 2 construction for enhanced proprioception and stability during variable movement

Merrell Men’s Trail Glove 5 Sneaker – Reviews

If you wore previous trail gloves and loved them, don’t buy these.

Boss: Hey you know that popular line we have, trail glove?Employee: Yea?Boss: Let’s put in a ridiculously high arch support and make that baby a full size bigger than labeled.Employee: Why? People love the line the way it is.Boss: Don’t question my genius.

Reviewed in the United States on March 26, 2019

Not just disappointing— DANGEROUS

First off, the trail glove 4 has been my go to running shoe for the past year and a half now. I’ve happily dished out $300 for the 4 pairs I’ve worn out in that time. That being said, they weren’t perfect, and I was looking forward to the design improvements the 5 was supposed to bring to the table. To name a few: 1. Reinforced forefoot flex points 2. Wider toe box 3. Updated, more durable tread design. Not to mention the burnt henna color is beautiful. Anyways… I ordered them a half size smaller than usual, as that’s what some other reviews and Merrell suggested.They arrived a few hours ago, I put them on, and despite them still feeling too large, I convinced myself “hey, they’re the experts. If they say this will be better for my feet, alright.” WRONG.Should have gone with my gut then and returned them. Instead, I headed to my favorite trail, a moderately steep loop up and down a mountain. I just got back home, and let me tell you, whoever was in charge of sizing should be fired. These shoes are DANGEROUS. All 4 pairs of my trail glove 4’s were consistently sized and fit my 10.5 feet like a glove… y’know, how you’d expect a shoe named the trailGLOVE would fit. These, in size 10, left my feet absolutely swimming. I’m a forefoot runner, and had to cut my run short at half my usual distance due to the fact I was starting to get blisters, and my ankles rolled 3 times due to the incredibly oversized fit. Now, I’m returning them and getting a full size smaller than my usual, all because some designer got it in their heads that looser=better. Seriously, fire ‘em. If they’d done any testing with people who actually run downhill on technical terrain on which you have to be confident in your footing, they’d have realized they messed up, but I guess they skipped that stage.So, if you’re ordering these, SERIOUSLY, go a full size down. If not, don’t be surprised if you wind up with a twisted ankle or worse.

Reviewed in the United States on May 24, 2019


Super disappointed in this model. Was easily a 1/2 size larger than the 9.5 4’s I have and love.The colors are bad and the shoes are shiny. Honestly, these looked like they belonged on an 80’s toy figurine.The mid-sole feels lumpy in weird way that the 4’s didn’t (did they put an orthotic in a barefoot shoe?!?) The soles don’t feel as flexible to me as well. meh…Thought I was getting a rad new pair of trail gloves and I ended up with shiny green clown shoes. Boo. Back for refund and a new pair of the 4’s I guess.

Reviewed in the United States on February 12, 2019

What’s up with that arch?

Never wore any Trail Glove before. Wanted something to replace my Vibram Five Fingers that look a little more normal. They do run big. I wear a 9wide (or about 41) normally and an 8.5 in these wouldve been perfect. Biggest problem was the super high arch in the shoe. Why does a minimalist need a high arch like that? It seems counterintuitive and silly. I put them on and in 45 seconds decided they had to go back. Oh well. Guess I’ll be keeping my hipster toe shoes.

Reviewed in the United States on June 4, 2019

I have worn Trail Glove 3, 4 and 5. I LOVE these

It’s true that there is definitely more arch support than the TG4 (although i stopped noticing this about 30 seconds after putting them on). Also, I had to size down a half size from the TG4. Aside from those two points, I’m very happy with the newest version of the Trail Glove.I’ve been running outdoors and doing general gym stuff in these TG5’s for the past 5 months with no complaints. I’ve been a fan of the Trail Glove series since the TG3. The TG5 version is a bit slimmer appearing than the TG4, which I like (they strike me as more stylish, yet there is a large enough toe-box, still).The above/attached picture is of the TG4 (size 11)on left and TG5 (size 10.5) on right.I highly recommend these if you’re looking for a minimal trainer with just enough grip/rubber to allow running on pebbles and rocks.

Reviewed in the United States on January 10, 2020

Perfect shoe for high arched, wide toed, skinny heeled runners.

Order a half size smaller! I did and they fit perfectly. Read a lot of negative reviews on the TG5, but did the research before pulling the trigger on these bad boys. THEY ARE NOT DESIGNED FOR PEOPLE WITH LOW ARCHES! I have really high arches (pes cavus) and these shoes fit the bottom of my soles like a glove. I have skinny heels and toes that spread out like flippers. If your feet are anything like mine (wide toes / skinny heels) ; these are a godsend! As soon as I laced them up and walked around in them I was amazed to find that they were the most comfortable things I’ve ever put on my feet. Bunion pain (from wearing cramped toe boxes my entire life), and heel blisters (from my heels moving around) are a thing if the past. I’ve never been a “heel striker” when running, and have tried numerous zero drop minimalist shoes. For the aforementioned foot type, and if you are a “forefoot / midfoot” runner…these baby’s are the bee’s knees. I plan on ordering another pair just for walking around town in (they are that comfortable). 5 stars all the way.

Reviewed in the United States on April 26, 2019

Ridiculously narrow fit esp at the widest part of the foot.

Ridiculously narrow fit esp at the widest part of the foot. Who has feet that are a narrow rectangle? The shoe is both too long and too narrow at the wide part of your foot. The shoe is not wider where your foot is wide.Merrell has taken a stupid pill, because I have previously worn two pairs of the original minimalist trail glove that were zero drop – loved them for gym, running, trail, kayaking, water shoe, etc. — perfect all purpose activity shoe for squeezing into a packed carry-on bag. They no longer make this shoe! Instead they have these silly designs which look good, seem to be well made but do not fit an average American male foot.I ordered four different Merrell models on Amazon other than this Trail Glove 5 Sneaker and this is true of all of them, although it’s worst in this Trail Glove 5 Sneaker. So they no longer have a model that is like the old minimalist trail glove.

Reviewed in the United States on June 29, 2019
Merrell Men's Trail Glove 5 Sneaker, Black, 10.5 M US*
  • Vibram TC5+
  • Merrell Barefoot 2 construction for enhanced proprioception and stability during variable movement

Merrell Men’s Trail Glove 5 Sneaker – FAQ

Are these okay on pavement?

Nnot an aggressive tread. I often run them on pavement. They’re minimalist, though, so not much cushioning.

Is the size selection based on us or uk size chart?

US Sizing , however your should get them a half size smaller than any other shoe you have. The size discrepancy has been pretty universal for all buyers of this particular shoe.

Do you have any green that isn’t Goose Turd or Neon?

You summed it up! lol. i have not seen any other green colors either. your always safe with black or gray.

What does Origin imported means?

A lot of Merrell boots are made in the U.S. These shoes are not made in the U.S. and I believe that is why they say they are imported.

Has anyone tried replacing the insoles for better arch comfort?

I have not, but I have found the existing arch support adequate- actually better than I expected.

I’ve worn Merrell trail/light hiking (Moab?) for a few years – size 12. Will these be sized the same?

The sizing is pretty accurate but possibly slightly large. I’m just wearing mine as “street shoes” so if they’re slightly large it’s no big deal. But if you need these to fit very precisely, you might order the 11.5 and the 12 and compare and then return the one you don’t need. The sizing on some of the various Merrell products has been quite random lately.

Are these shoes bendable like the barefoot shoes??

No. The 1st two versions of this shoe were, but the Vapor Glove 3 added a rigid insert to the arch. The original was a great “barefoot” shoe, but it’s been ruined by people who don’t get it.

“order a size down” is that accurate? I have 10.5 vapor glove 3s, they say “true to size” so really go 9.5??

Yes. I wear 10.5. Bought a 10. Wish I got a .9.5.

Does anyone use these for all around training? Weight lifting, interval work, runs under 4 miles for time?

yes. they took awhile to get comfortable but love them now for working out, trail running, gym, etc.

Why is the sole so thick and not minimalist anymore?

Its not super thick but thicker than road shoes since theyre trail running shoes.

Merrell Men's Trail Glove 5 Sneaker, Black, 10.5 M US*
  • Vibram TC5+
  • Merrell Barefoot 2 construction for enhanced proprioception and stability during variable movement

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