Merrell Rant Review

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The Merrell Rant is an exceptional, casual sneaker with a stylish design that also delivers high-performance wear and comfort. It is a reasonably priced shoe making it a great investment for everyday use. The low profile, paired with the trendy color options, give it a very laid-back and classic appeal that is perfect for just about any occasion. The superior and lightweight construction enhances its comfort level making it a great sneaker for being on your feet all day; at work, on outdoor adventures, to and from the office, or just walking around town in style. This casual sneaker is sure to offer maximum functionality and fashion sense for any wardrobe or lifestyle. Put a pair of these on and the last thing you’ll rant about is your shoes.

Editor's Pros & Cons

Affordable price

High level of comfort

Variety of colors

Good construction

Look good


Can run narrow

Lack of arch support


The Merrell Rant’s outsole is constructed out of sticky rubber, called M-Select Grip for maximum functionality as it gives the sole great slip resistance and stability on any ground surface. The impressive traction works well on dry, slick surfaces, but will also keep you safe from slipping in wet environments.


The Merrell Rant is sure to please and protect your feet with its high quality
midsole. Featuring an EVA molded footbed, the Merrell Air Cushioned Heel, and Nylon Arch Shank, this midsole provides a valuable layer of cushioning and support between your feet and the ground, offering protection from the elements. The footbed is removable for convenience of washing or for buyers to have the option to insert their own orthotic footbeds. The Air Cushioning works to absorb shock and alleviate impact discomfort, while the midsole is responsible for giving your feet the rebound they need to keep moving without any surface interferences.


The Merrell Rant is built with lightweight materials and simple construction to enhance its overall comfort level. The breathable canvas and metal grommets allow for ease of ventilation and moisture control. It has a basic lace up closure with a soft tongue for an adjustable and customizable fit. The slightly padded ankle helps you get a secure and comfortable feel. The inner shoe is lined with antimicrobial twill that supports odor maintenance to keep your feet and feeling fresh and your shoes smelling good, while the leather accents and clean simple lines offer a boost to the shoe’s classic but striking aesthetic.


At 15oz, the Merrell Rant is a casual sneaker of little weight thanks to its simple, minimalistic construction and use of light materials. It features many of Merrell’s high performance footwear components and provides modest warmth while still remaining soft and light so the feet do not feel weighed down.


Whether you are wearing them for work or play, these shoes provide lasting all
day comfort for your feet. The EVA footbed and midsole offer superior cushioning and moderate support while the lightweight materials and simple construction provide a comfortable fit and flexibility that allows your feet to move naturally without restriction.


These sneakers are constructed to be both functional and fashionable. With an
attractive design and wonderful color combinations, the Merrell Rant has
a trendy relaxed look great for both home and office. The classic casual appeal will look good in the office, trail, or street, with jeans or a sundress, and have all the features of a classic shoe, but with more interesting color combinations and subtle accents


Make no mistake, even though the Rant is a lightweight sneaker, they still feature the quality of Merrell's footwear technology. With the impressively grippy sole, the well-cushioned footbed, comfortable feel and quality construction of the upper shoe, and the rubber reinforced toe box, the Merrell Rant delivers lasting durability for everyday wear and tear.


No matter where these shoes take you, the reinforced rubberized toe front
offers durable protection from anything that gets in your way. Designed to be worn for long periods of time, the toe box shape has a cozy fit for the average foot with a bit tighter fit for wider feet.

Width and Length

The Merrell Rant comes in a medium width only and these shoes were made to fit true to size. Some customers noted a slightly more than usual narrow width, especially in the toe box, so the general consensus was to go one half size up for this sneaker in order to get the perfect fit.


The Merrell Rant was designed for optimal everyday use. Thanks to the EVA
footbed and Nylon Arch Shank featured in the midsole, the Merrell Rant provides moderate arch support that will keep your feet happy with sustained long term wear. There is even an included midsole air cushion which keeps your feet supported with superb cushioning for all day comfort.


The Merrell Rant is available in a wide variety of stylish color combinations. From bold and bright to neutral and mellow, there is a color combination great for anyone. Whether you’re looking for something cute and fun, or more professional and ordinary, you’ll find there is a Merrell Rant sneaker to suit your needs.


The Merrell Rant is constructed with the technology of a casual sneaker rather than a high impact running shoe. With that in mind, the sole and footbed thickness varies only slightly from front to back. This shoe features a very small heel to toe drop which promotes a more evenly distributed impact and equal distribution of weight throughout the foot with each and every step. The sole and footbed maintain a consistent thickness throughout the shoe.

Bottom Line

The bottom line is that the Merrell Rant is an excellent choice for a casual and fun everyday shoe. They pack a fun design, trendy colors, classic style, comfort, and quality footwear technology all into one affordably priced sneakers. With such a distinctive look and the technical functionality, Merrell is known for, these will make a great addition to anyone’s footwear collection. Style them with jeans or a sundress, ear them to the city or to the woods - no matter where you go, you’re sure to turn heads with these eye-catching shoes. Keep in mind the sizing recommendations and consider choosing a half size up from your normal shoe size when purchasing in order to find the best fit. At such a great price you might even consider getting a second pair!