A couple new pairs of low hikers.

If you’ve followed my blog, you know I love Merrell shoes. I like them because they fit my feet, they last pretty well, and they’re comfortable. Recently, I’ve begun working at a job where I’m required to spend 10 hours a day on my feet. Yes, no exaggeration. I work a ten hour shift and for most of the day I’m on my feet. If I have time to sit, it’ll be 5 minutes or so at the most. My old pair of Merrells are getting worn and the heels started to sqeak so it was time to look at a couple new pairs.

I decided to pick up two pairs and alternate them so that at the very minimum each shoe would get a day off between wearings. I bought the Pheonix Ventilator in Choco/Coriander, and the Proterra in Stone. Both fit great. I am between a 10.5 and an 11, but wear thick wool socks (wow what a difference those make, right?) so I ordered 11. They fit perfectly. I’ve gone through more than a few long days with them and they’ve been fantastic.

Although I like them both, I’ve grown accustomed to the flexibility and light open air feel of the ventilators.

The Phoenix Ventilators remind me a lot of the Moab Ventilators I already own.

As you can see in the picture, the tread is a medium hiker with some bite to it. It works fine on carpet in the store and there’s certainly enough padding to go all day long in them. The Proterra is light and comfortable, even though it doesn’t have the ventilated upper build. The tread design is a bit more subdued in it, making slightly better for indoor or street use. I’ve got them pictured with a couple other pairs of Merrells that I own.

Here’s a closer look at the Phoenix Venitlator and the Proterra.

I highly recommend them. If you like them, you can find them here: