If you’ve read my other Merrell review, you’ll know that I am already a big fan. Last year I tried out the MOAB Mid Gore-Tex boots and I loved them. In fact, they became my go-to boots over the winter. So would the Siren Sport Q2 shoes impress me as much?
These days it isn’t good enough to simply take a man’s shoe and make it prettier. Men and women walk differently, and so need specifically designed footwear to support their feet and relieve pressure. For example, the Merrell Siren Sport Q2 has extra cushioning in the heel and a ‘contoured footbed’ to support the whole foot. From the first time I put them on, I was impressed by how supportive they were, my feet felt protected yet the shoes are very light at around 600g. I went for a size larger than normal to allow for thick socks and hot, swollen feet and I’m glad I did.
I wore them on a few short walks, and then really put them to the test by wearing them for the entirety of my 50 mile charity walk.
It might have been a slightly unfair trial, but at least I can say that I’ve really tested them to the limit. I was certainly grateful for the M Select™ FRESH antimicrobial agents that help to keep the shoes smelling fresh after 20 hours of walking!
So how did they perform?
Surprisingly well given the tough conditions. My feet held up much better than I imagined they would, plus the shoes stayed comfortable all the way. The only issue I had was that I got blisters right around the bottom of both my heels, basically where the insole meets the side. I’ve never had issues like this before, but then I’ve never walked so far. I’ve certainly had no problems since on any of my recent, more normal length, walks. As they