Sneaky retro goodness: A review of the Merrell Alpine Sneaker

While we mostly review running shoes here at Run Oregon, we understand that we can’t wear them 24/7 – as much as we would like. Therefore, we are always looking for stylish, comfortable, and supportive casual footwear to help keep our feet safe and ready for the next run.

With a company like Merrell, you are expecting some really great outdoor and hiking gear as well as trail shoes. We will be reviewing a variety of new additions to their technical trail footwear line in the coming weeks, but we are leaning a little more casual in this review with their awesome new Merrell Alpine Sneaker – another addition to their line of casual footwear. From what we have been told, the Alpines have been one of the Merrell’s best-seller in that retro casual footwear styling and they continue to enhance subsequent versions while staying true to comfort along the way.


First and foremost, the visuals in the Alpines are a perfect (or damn close to) combination of representing the look of a trail shoe while, at the same time, showcasing that its also not really that either. That was a weird description, but when you see it, you just know. This can actually be played around with in that middle ground depending on which of the 10 color styles you choose. By choosing something like their Butternut, you get a shoe that looks like it was made for the trail. The Black and Navy versions look more like casual footwear made to be worn out and about daily. And then if you are bold, like I apparently am, the Multi (reviewed) and the Primary are just something else entirely. Personally, I am obsessed with the Multi.


Even though the Alpines are more casual in nature, they could work for some shorter, less technical trail runs or short hikes if you were in a pinch. Their Kinetic Fit insole has a mesh lining which aims to provide support while also allowing air to pass through – ideally keeping things smelling more optimal that just a basic casual insole. And they are removeable, so if you need to add in your own insert its super simple to do so. The upper is a leather and nylon combo and the outsole has a minor sawtooth that can give a little bit more cushion and grip. I think it’s cool that the midsole stays small allowing for more of the teethed outsole to be showcased from the side.

We think this is a really solid footwear option, and for only around $90, it’s relatively affordable as well. Stay tuned for our review of Merrell’s more technical shoes coming up soon.



Products & Price:

Specs (from website):

  • Weight: 1lb 11oz
  • Leather and nylon upper
  • Traditional lace and buckle closure
  • Breathable mesh lining
  • Kinetic Fit™ Base removable contoured insole for flexible support
  • EVA midsole for stability and comfort
  • Rubber outsole for traction and durability

More about Merrell:

WHO WE ARE: Merrell exists to share the simple power of being outside. We believe the trail is for everyone. Our goal is to provide thoughtfully designed, rigorously tested products that over-deliver on performance, versatility, and durability.

OUR PURPOSE: At Merrell, we believe in sharing the simple power of being outside. No matter who you are, where you came from, who you love or how you move — Everyone should be welcome in the outdoors and wherever life takes us. We strive to inspire everyone because, together, we can help protect the trail we love.

Thank you to Merrell for providing us with a sample pair. Please read our transparency page for info on how we do our reviews.



About Author

Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching hockey, going to as many breweries (618) and wineries (152) as he can, and all things Canada (he was born there). Matt was raised as a baseball player and officially transitioned over to running in 2010.

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