If you are looking for a more natural fit when you are running, you might want to consider all of the benefits of a barefoot running shoe. This is a movement that doesn't specifically advocate running without any shoes on, but instead suggests running with shoes that are designed to be a more natural fit and feel. The Merrell Barefoot Dash Glove fits into this category, promising to let you connect to the earth with a more unique and individual gait. When I first took a look at this shoe, I was struck by just how lightweight it is. The sole feels almost non-existent, and it is extremely soft and pliable, with a mesh upper portion.
There are numerous features that make this shoe unique in comparison to other types of running shoes on the market. It has a washable upper portion that is reflective, so that you are visible to drivers and other runners when you are out in the early mornings or evenings. The Merrell Barefoot Dash Glove also has drop cushioning, so that your feet are able to land flat on the ground. The theory behind this is that the human body is meant to run without shoes on, and by providing less cushioning and no artificial heel height, you can better align your body and strengthen your core muscles.
At the same time that the Merrell Barefoot Dash Glove removes a drop height, it also adds in a specialized forefoot plate and a sole that gives you traction and bruise protection when you are running on rough terrain. The upper part of the shoe and lining are constructed from synthetic leather and mesh, and are treated to repel water. Inside of the shoe there is a microfiber footbed, which has been treated with an antimicrobial solution. The midsole and outsole of the shoe feature a footframe for added stability, and a sole constructed out of rubber so that you are protected from the road.
Overall, there are many positive comments about this natural, relatively simple shoe. While other types of running shoes can be chock full of bells and whistles, the emphasis with the Merrell Barefoot Dash Glove is to make a shoe that really does fit like a glove. With the minimal layer of structure and stability, you will be able to stay free from injury and feel supported when out on the road. On the other hand, you may need some adjustment if you are used to shoes with more cushioning, so this is a potential con that some reviewers have mentioned.