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Zero drop and low to the ground, the Merrell Vapor Glove is a minimalist road shoe offering no cushioning and an extra-firm ride. 



Light and low, the Merrell Vapor Glove captures the essence of minimalist running. Built with a zero drop platform and a thin midsole that allows you to get connected to the ground. A breathable mesh upper wraps over the foot for comfort and security, and a sticky rubber Vibram outsole offers excellent durability and traction on the road.

Model Number:

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Weight: 5.3 oz (size 9)

Stack Height: Heel (6mm), Forefoot (6mm); non-removable insole

Available Widths: D=Medium

How It Fits (based on width D)

  • Sizing: Standard running shoe length
  • Heel: Medium to wide
  • Midfoot: Medium volume
  • Forefoot: Wide
  • Arch Structure: Medium
  • Toe-Box Height: Medium to high
  • Shoe Shape: Semi-Curved


The Merrell Vapor Glove is a minimal feature, minimal neutral shoe designed for daily training and racing.


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


  • 2mm CMEVA is a compression molded EVA midsole for durable underfoot cushioning.


  • Synthetic Leather/Air Mesh upper offers durable, yet breathable coverage.
  • TPU Rear Foot Sling comprised of synthetic leather offers lightweight, durable heel support.
  • Toe Bumper made of durable rubber protects toes from rocks and other debris.
  • Non-Removable Microfiber 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.


  • Vibram Outsole TC1 consists of a rubber compound that provides superior grip and durability.

Footwear Performance Characteristics

Pronation Control: What's This?

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

Heel-Toe Offset (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
  • Standard
  • Performance
  • Racing

Customer Reviews

Comments: Best barefoot shoe on the market. Had to buy 1/2 size smaller than the merrell road glove. Good on track runs and long runs (10-20mi). I logged 600 miles so far and believe they will go another 600. I run mainly on grass. Flexible, durable, comfortable, light weight, a true barefoot shoe.
From: ClayFeet, Texas, USA

Comments: Ditto to Henry on the sizing. I am 9.5 in most shoes, 9.0 in Merrell/Inov-8, and 8.5 in the Vapor Gloves. If you get the size right, they are the perfect "barefoot" shoes, more flexible and less clunky than Altra Adams or VFF KSOs, and more comfy than Inov-8 Bare-X 180s. The Vibram outsole on this model is (I believe) the best outsole out of all the models Merrell, VFF, and NB Minimus have to offer, and I'm a big fan of all of those lines.
From: Chas, Cornelius, NC, USA

Comments: There's plenty of info out there on this shoe, but here's a tip: in my experience, these run bigger than some other Merrell shoes. On my feet, an 11 in the Vapor Glove fits like an 11.5 in the Trail Glove and the Road Glove (version 1). While running, they feel like a well-worn Trail Glove where the EVA has collapsed, but without the lugs. Very minimal and super light.
From: Henry, Highland, NY