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Merrell Wilderness USA Hiking Shoes

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Description: Merrell Wilderness USA Hiking Shoes

Made-in-the-USA with our most premium materials, this durable leather boot with iconic Norwegian welt construction may take time to break in, but it''s built to last a lifetime.

Key Features of Merrell Wilderness USA Hiking Shoes
  • Full grain waterproof leather upper
  • Bellows tongue keeps debris out
  • Italian metal hardware
  • Tesivel™ 3-bar knit lining
  • Dual density footbed
  • Microporous rubber midsole
  • 5mm Leather/TPR insole
  • Crampon-Compatible (Strap-on Only)
  • Weight: 3lb 8oz

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You get what you pay for.....a quality, old school boot
I really couldn't be more satisfied with these boots. I work in LE and fortunately have an assignment that allows me to wear these to work nearly every day for 3+ yrs now. I've abused them a bit but they continue to take whatever gets thrown their way. I replaced the insole early on with superfeet and I can honestly wear them for 12+ without any discomfort. I'm frequently asked what brand they are/ where I got them by others who are tired of overpriced, low quality athletic shoes being passed off as boots.
November 19, 2016
Richmond, VA
Originally posted at
Stitching issues.
First of all I love the comfort and look of the boots, yet I have owned 2 pair in the last 4 years and both of them have had the toe area come unstitched between the leather and the sole. The first pair was the left boot and the current pair is the right boot that has the stitching issue. Both pairs were made in Italy, per the tag. I mainly wore them for hiking the smoky mountains. I do really love the boots. The comfort is indescribable, just rather disappointed with the issue. Not sure if I will be investing in another pair.
October 12, 2017
Kodak,TN
Originally posted at
Looking to Buy My Second Pair of Wildwerness Boots
I purchased a pair in 1994 before entering the Peace Corps and a post in Nepal. These boots were perfect for the many treks I took in the himals. Upon purchasing them I sealed the seams and broke them in on several day hikes. They fit like a glove after several uses and never caused my feet any pain. I did purchase new insoles with a rubber footbed after the original insoles wore out. I wore synthetic sock liners and rag wool socks taking three pairs of liners and two pairs of wool socks on my treks. I still have the boots but they have been repaired after a neighbor's dog decided the leather smelled like a new chew toy. Looking to return to Nepal and I'll do it with a new pair of Wilderness boots.
December 12, 2016
Raleigh, NC
Originally posted at
Heritage Classic
My Wilderness pair was born in 1989. Their early teen years were spent in the Adirondacks and Olympic Mountains. Their post-college career took them to first ascents in the Alaskan Arctic, many 14k+ peaks further south, and month long backpacking and mountaineering trips in the Sierra and Cascades. They've worn crampons and borne 60+ pound loads with no complaint. Now, after nearly 30 years and one resole, they carry their age far better than me. While they are still ready for a hike or peak, I mostly wear them around Ballard, Seattle, and I smile every time someone who knows what heritage they carry compliments them (which is often). Thank you, Merrell, for continuing to build these beauties with such care. My only complaint is that I can no longer order size 10 narrow width.
September 4, 2017
Seattle, WA
Originally posted at
Low quality with a high price.
This boot is a USA version of Merrell's old Italian made Wilderness boot. The new USA version is a cheap imitation of the old Italian version. The lower quality is apparent visually and in how the boot wears. When you compare the new vs old side by side it is like night and day. The old boot uses thick leather and stitching vs the new versions thin weak feeling leather. None of this would be a problem if the price reflected the lesser quality however Merrell is charging the same price. I don't know who at Merrell decided to try and trick customers but it is a bad move.

I have provided a picture of the Italian version vs the USA version.
July 10, 2019
Sierra backwoods
Originally posted at
Awesome All-Weather, very sturdy, and durable hiking boots!
This is a classic, very well built, and durable, all weather hiking boot!

FYI... For those who say it is not waterproof, that's really not true at all! These boots are built with Norwegian Welt construction. This type of welt allows for the boot to be re-soled when needed, for a lifetime of wear! However, to complete the waterproof integrity of the boot, the stitched welt needs to be treated/sealed, by the purchaser, to prevent leaking at the stitched welt area, as is the case with any quality hiking boot that uses Norwegian Welt construction! This is generally not done by the manufacturer as there are several products, as well as individual preferences, when it comes to sealing/treating the stitched welt area of these boots. Try treating/sealing the welt area of the boots, that should take care of the waterproof issues in these boots! Hope that helps, Cheers!
July 21, 2018
Texas
Originally posted at
Great boot, but a recurring problem.
I have owned perhaps four pairs of the Wilderness over the last three decades, and I have loved them. I do extensive hiking on and off trail in New Hampshire's White Mountains and these boots have provided excellent support, traction and comfort in all kinds of terrain and weather (non-winter). They also break in quickly, I don't recall ever having a blister. However, I have now experienced the same serious problem with the last three pairs: the midsole delaminating from the Vibram sole. A pair I purchased in 2014 began delaminating in less than a year, if I recall correctly. The retailer where I bought them was kind enough to return them and acquire a new pair from Merrell, which I greatly appreciated from both parties. However, both boots of the replacement pair have now delaminated to the point where I can't use them for the upcoming spring/summer/fall season, with a gap several inches long. I may try to find a cobbler to attempt a repair, but I'm not sure it will work over time. Sadly, I don't think I can justify shelling out four bills for another pair unless this issue had been resolved in the last few years.
April 10, 2019
New Hampshire
Originally posted at
Works for a short time
I bought these boots for a job in a conservation corps near Taos, NM. I shelled out the money for these boots and they did their job for a couple months. The waterproofing quickly wore out and the boots couldn't handle what I threw at them. The sole came off around the fifth month of owning them. You would think for the price they would hold up for a longer amount of time and that Merrell would stand behind their product and replace them! If you plan on using these boots everyday I would not recommend them.
November 28, 2018
New Mexico
Originally posted at
Outstanding! Can't be beat!
I have had two pairs of these boots over the past 24 years. I bought my first pair in 1995 and they lasted until 2011; thats when I bought my second pair.
I read a review that said the D-ring eyelets chewed up laces. Thats crazy. I changed my laces out for 3mm climbing cord, in the first hour of owning each pair. I have never changed out the 3mm cord that is in my current pair of boots. The cord is still going strong.
In the fall, winter and early spring, I wear these boots almost everyday. They have been hiking in multiple National parks, the Australian Outback and South African bush.
Please keep making the Wilderness Boot. I will be looking for a new pair, right around 2026!
March 14, 2019
Chicago, IL
Originally posted at
A bit heavy, but an outstanding boot
These are the most comfortable boots/shoes that I own. I tried on scores of boots to get just the right fit back in the mid-90s, and these have never let me down. But with all boot decisions, take the time to make sure it fits, not what you want to fit. The Merrell last fits my foot so perfectly that I really didn't have much of a break in period...but the leather is heavy so don't think you can replicate that...I got lucky. You do need to properly seam seal the welt with proper seam sealant (I have done that a number of times over the years). That is extremely important. Use real seam seal not beeswax or any of that stuff. I use aqueous nikwax on the leather (there are probably better solutions, but I am pretty lazy) and my feet have never been wet. Paired with a good set of OR Crocodile gaiters (get a large pair with these boots), I have traipsed through small streams (very quickly) with very little water coming over the top and no water from below. I have had no issues with this boot except the tread started coming off the boot at one point near the toe and instep. The tread was worn, so I had that replaced and the cobbler didn't do a great job and I had to have it re-glued. (and now it is starting to come unglued again!) But imagine--a boot that when you wear down the vibram to the nub--you can replace the tread. They ARE heavy and the ARE pretty hot, so keep that in mind. They excel in winter and fall and they are overkill on day hikes or ultralight backpacking...but they are so comfortable, I wear them anyway. Been nearly 20 years and I love em like the day I bought them--I just wish I had the time to get out more nowadays!
April 7, 2017
Silver Spring MD
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My current pair of these exact same boots are shot,....after 25 years of backpacking / hiking. They served me well.
Mark B on Feb 27, 2019
My current pair of these exact same boots are shot,....after 25 years of backpacking / hiking. They served me well.
Mark B on Feb 27, 2019
Price on a boot I have been wanting to purchase but did not want to spend full price on.
Craig H on Apr 12, 2018
Price on a boot I have been wanting to purchase but did not want to spend full price on.
Craig H on Apr 12, 2018