Merrell Lithe Glove Barefoot Running Shoes - Women's


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Made for runners who are looking for a more natural stride, the Merrell Women's Lithe Glove Barefoot Running Shoes stay true to barefoot ideals with a minimalist design. Made with a breathable fabric upper, these sleek shoes fit like a glove thanks to the Merrell Omni-Fit™ Lacing System. A thin midsole provides just enough cushion to protect your feet on any surface while the forefoot shock absorption plate distributes pressure and encourages you to run with a midfoot landing. These barefoot runners ditch the 5 Fingers toe design and utilize a Vibram® Trail glove Sole, designed specifically for Merrell's glove shoe lineup. Flex your foot muscles and discover why less is more with the Merrell Lithe Glove Barefoot Running Shoes for women.


  • Upper: Fabric
  • Footbed: Microfiber footbed treated with Aegis® antimicrobial solution resists odor
  • Merrell Omni-Fit™ Lacing System provides a precise, glove-like fit
  • Midsole: 4 mm compression molded EVA midsole cushions
  • Midsole: 1 mm forefoot shock absorption plate maintains forefoot flexibility and protects the foot by distributing pressure
  • Outsole: Vibram® Trail glove Sole/TC1 Rubber
  • Weight per shoe: 6.5 oz

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Review Summary

5 out of 5

7 Reviews

  • color choices: 1
  • comfortable: 1
  • cute: 1
  • fits true to size: 1

7 Ratings & Reviews


from Fleetwood, PA
45-54 yrs

Awesome running shoe
January 21, 2012

I have only ever run in Asics, but I wanted something a little lighter. I decided to try the Merrell Women's Lithe Glove Barefoot Running Shoe and I am very happy. I usually run 3 miles 4 - 5 times per week and they have been comfortable from the very first run. They are very true to size; from the arch back to the heel they are very snug and the toe box is very roomy. Exactly what I was looking for!!!

Pros: solid material across the top no mesh

from alaska/minnesota
25-34 yrs

a little home for the foot
October 08, 2011

i first ordered the barefoot pace glove shoe and didn't feel that there was "enough" to the shoe to make it worthwhile. i decided instead to order these and i absolutely love them. the first day, i went for my usual 5k run and they felt great. i have been running in the vibriam five fingers for a couple of years and wanted something without the individual toes that mimics the feel of barefoot running. these definitely lived up to their name. i also just love to wear comfy shoes that connect me to the ground i am walking on, so i wear these for everyday activities such as work, walks, hikes, quick jogs. i am excited to try them for longer runs in the future as well. i have the dark shadow color and i really love them. they stay fairly clean as well, which is nice for maintenance.

Pros: fits true to size, comfortable, color choices, good for a variety of activities and everyday.
from Seattle, WA
35-44 yrs

Great, comfortable shoes
October 24, 2011

This shoe runs true to size for me, unlike the Pace Glove. The lacing system provides good snug support for the midfoot while the toebox gives your tootsies plenty of wiggle room. I've done a couple short runs in them plus some long walks on both street and trail and they are super comfortable. Great quality, and stylish to boot.


August 22, 2011

Great barefoot shoe, true to size, excellent quality. The shoes are extremely comfortable to run in and are stylish. The shoelaces are good as well; they do not come undone while running. The soles have enough traction to prevent slipping.

45-54 yrs

Great Shoes!
January 28, 2012

I really like these shoes. They were comfortable from the first time I put them on. I normally wear a size 7, but my experience with other Merrell barefoot shoes told me to order a 7 1/2 and they fit perfectly. These shoes are lightweight, breathable, and flexible. I plan to run in them although I haven't done that yet - I want to get used to wearing them first. They look great with jeans, so wearing them a lot isn't a problem :-)


even better after a break in
November 04, 2011

When I tried these on I was on the fence about them. I was wearing VFF Sprint's and I felt more barefoot in them. I decided I needed the Merrills for the winter and that I would sacrifice a bit of ground feel for warmth and a little water resistance. Well after wearing them for several weeks I love them, the break in period really improved the feel of them and overall they seem well made. Highly recommended.

from Cannon Falls, MN
35-44 yrs

LOVE these shoes (and they are cute too)!!
December 22, 2011

I needed a new pair of running shoes and while I have been curious about barefoot running, I did not like some of the options available to me, that is until I found these shoes!! I could not WAIT until they came to test them out and when I opened the box, I fell in love with them even more because they were cute too. I run 5 miles every other day and they felt comfortable from day 1. The sole of the shoe was also thicker than I would have thought for a barefoot shoe. I also really like that you can just throw them in the washing machine with your other clothes, hang them up to dry and they are ready to go the very next day. I'm now thinking of purchasing the mary janes just to wear out and about. Merrell, great job as usual!!

Pros: lightweight, cute, washable

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Apollo, Barberry, Black, Brindle, Castle Rock, Cosmo Orange, Cosmo Pink, Cosmo Purple, Dark Shadow and Porcelain Rose.

Available sizes, while supplies last, include size 5, size 5.5, size 6, size 6.5, size 7, size 7.5, size 8, size 8.5, size 9, size 9.5, size 10, size 10.5 and size 11: 5, 5.5, 6, 6.5, 7, 7.5, 8, 8.5, 9, 9.5, 10, 10.5, 11.

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