Merrell Wonder Glove Shoes
I like to pack smart and pack light. I’m pretty good at it until I get to shoes. It’s tough to find something cute and practical If I’m going on a trip that include a wide range of activities like walking, gallery-hopping, and dinner at a nice restaurant. Fortunately, I recently discovered a comfortable shoe made by Merrell called the Wonder Glove. It’s a Mary Jane style flat with a Vibram® sole and breathable mesh lining that comes in a variety of traditional and fun colors. It fits both the bill of a sneaker and casual dress shoe which means more space in my suitcase!
The Wonder Glove is a barefoot (aka minimalist) shoe. This means that the footwear has little cushioning, a low heel drop, and minimal arch support. The philosophy behind barefoot technology is that the foot’s position is kept closer to its natural state—connecting better to the ground and resulting in natural self-correction and proper alignment. For the past two years, I’ve been using Merrell’s Pace Glove sneaker for traveling and found that it lessened the hip and lower-back discomfort that I often experience from long periods of walking and standing. The Wonder Glove is just as comfortable and lightweight, plus more versatile in style. I bought the neutral iguana green color and these puppies look cute paired with a pair of jeans or a dress. In addition to traveling, I also walk to work in them without having to carry an extra pair of dressy shoes to change into at the office. I just may have to splurge on the yellow pair I’ve been eying.
- comfy with roomy toe box
- versatile design
- compact and lightweight for packing
- minimalist shoes may require adjustment period and is not for everybody
- I’m not a fan of the embroidered swirl design
Merrell sells this shoe as a spring/summer line which means you can currently find them on online outlet and retail sites at a discount. The Wonder Glove typically ranges from $50-$100 depending on the color. This may seem a little steep, but is worth it from a company that has a stellar reputation for comfort, quality, and corporate values.
Lara was instilled with the travel bug at an early age and has visited over 25 countries. Her mother’s job as a flight attendant enabled a childhood of seeing the world. In addition to being the founding editor of En Route Traveler, Lara also works as the Art Director for the branding firm, Belmont Inc., in Alexandria, VA. In her spare time, she instructs high-energy Zumba dance classes, contributes as a Local Expert to AFAR, enjoys vegetarian cuisine, dabbles in photography and, of course, travels as much as possible.