Merrell is a brand that manufactures very natural-feeling shoes, based on the contours of the human foot. The Merrell Barefoot Road Glove fits into this category, being lightweight, flexible, and roomy. If you are used to shoes that give you several inches of padding and a drop in between the heel and the midsection of the foot, you will recognize the difference immediately when you first put these shoes on your feet. There is a zero drop with the Road Glove, meaning that there is no elevation of the heel, so that you can land squarely on the midsection of your foot. The theory behind this is that it helps you to run more freely, toning your muscles and keeping your body in better alignment.
There is a reason why these barefoot shoes are called a glove, and that is the fact that they curve up to meet your foot and hug its every curve. It helps support your arches, because the midsole material rises up to meet your arch. It is still a flexible shoe, however, with a very light weight. Another feature to take note of is the integrated sock line inside of the shoe. With this type of minimalist shoe, many runners will want to go without socks, so that they can feel the contact of the road underneath the thin layer of support that the shoes provide. Socks get in the way of this. The inner sock liner is treated with antimicrobial material, so that you can get away with no socks safely.
The thin sole of the Merrell Barefoot Road Glove is hard enough to protect you from the toughness of running on a road, so that you can run without fear of acquiring blisters. Yet it is thin enough to allow you to feel the ground, and has a tread so that you don't slip.
Other reviewers have noted that the Merrell Barefoot Road Glove is an ideal starter shoe for those who want to experiment with minimalism or a zero drop shoe. This is because it is light and comfortable, but still offers some degree of padding. It's important to alternate them when you first start wearing them with regular running shoes, to get your feet used to the difference in gait. One con that was mentioned by other reviewers is that the shoes are rather plain, in comparison to the bright neon colors that are prevalent in some other types of shoes.