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The Merrell Bare Access wants to bring you back to nature. This road-worthy shoe is super light and has a 0mm heel to toe drop to encourage a more natural forward footstrike. With a firm underfoot feel, the Bare Access protects you from the ground while keeping you connected with it, for a close to barefoot feel on the road.

Model Number:

Weight: 5.7 oz (size 9)

Stack Height: Heel (13mm), Forefoot (13mm)

How it fits (based on width D) Width D=Medium

  • Sizing: Fits large; purchase 1/2 size smaller than standard running shoe size
  • Heel: Medium
  • Midfoot: Medium volume
  • Forefoot: Medium to wide
  • Toe-Box height: Low
  • Arch Structure: Medium height

Product Lifecycle

  • Release date: February 2012
  • Model discontinued: Unknown


The Bare Access is a minimal feature, minimal neutral shoe designed for daily training and high mileage. It is built with a semi-straight shape.


  • To keep weight down, this shoe contains no additional cushioning technologies.


  • 8mm M Bound midsole is a durable material that protects feet from impact forces.


  • Synthetic Leather/Air Mesh upper offers durable, yet breathable coverage.
  • Lycra lining is made with a neoprene fabric treated with anti-microbial Aegis for a healthy and plush foot environment.
  • Non-Removable EVA Footbed uses Aegis, an anti-microbial material, for a healthy foot environment.
  • Strobel Last with the upper stitched to full length fabric for a comfortable underfoot feel.


  • Bare Access Outsole consists of a rubber compound inset with durable Vibram pods for superior traction and a smooth heel-to-toe transition.

Footwear Performance Characteristics

Pronation Control: What's This?

  • Neutral
    • Min
    • Mod
  • Support
    • Min
    • Mod
    • Max
  • Motion Control
    • Mod
    • Max

Heel-To-Toe Drop (mm): What's This?

  • 0
  • 1-2
  • 3-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-8
  • 9-10
  • 11+

Stack Height:

  • Barefoot
  • Minimal
  • Low
  • Medium
  • High
  • Maximal


  • Road
  • Road-Trail
  • Hard Trail
  • Varied Trail
  • Soft Trail

Shoe Type:

  • Premium
  • Everyday
  • Performance
  • Racing

Customer Reviews

Comments: These are my first minimal type shoes.  I really like how the shoe locks in the heal while allowing ample room for the toe to spread while running.  The only complaint is with the soles of the shoe.  there are two pads made of the vibram material and the rest is a soft rubber compound.  The roads I run on can be rather erroded and "rocky" and some of the paths have gravel.  The soft rubber is showing signs of wear and tear with less than 50 miles.  I like the shoes but will buy the road gloves next time.
From: David, Atascadero, CA, USA

Comments: I love this shoe.  I have the Merrell Trail Glove and the NB Minimus Trail and prefer the Bare Access.  It has just a *little* bit more underfoot, but certainly is minimal.  I am using this shoe full time now and do my shorter runs in the others listed.  I would recommend this to anyone who wants a minimal feel with just a little more protection.  This shoe is NOT like others with no heel to toe drop, but with a lot of cushioning.  You will need to transition slowly if you are wearing a shoe that has cushioning. I do not think this shoe runs big in size as advertised.  I used Shoefitr to guide my sizing.
From: Shelly, Mechanicsburg, PA, USA

Comments: Super for entry to zero drop minimalist. This shoe is nearly perfect for anyone transitioning to zero drop minimalist running. Wide toe box allows toe spread. just enough cushion to absorb impact, but still has a nice road feel. Have run 20+ and maybe my next marathon.
From: Ken, KC, MO USA