Merrell All Out Blaze Flips: Endless Summer Comfort Matt Chebatoris October 20, 2017 Footwear, Reviews Gear Review: All Out Blaze Flips Here in Southern California flip-flops are not merely seasonal attire. They are our footwear of choice. I even have a pair I jokingly refer to as my “dress pair”. That said, wearing flip-flops on a continuous basis can have the unfortunate side-effect of wearing on your knees. This is where the Merrell All Out Blaze Flips come into their own. Built with a cushioned EVA foam midsole and a long-lasting rugged Vibram sole featuring 3mm traction lugs, the All Out Blaze Flips are much more than your run of the mill pair of flip-flops. These flips are rugged go anywhere footwear that will protect your feet and your knees more than any other flip-flop I’ve tried. Merrell may have over built them a tad with the full grain leather upper, e.g. not entirely practical for sand and water sports, but I found they quickly became my “away from the water” shoes of choice. Essentially I had the relaxed feel of wearing flip-flops with the comfort of a well designed shoe. A few additional features worth highlighting: Neoprene lining on the straps; super comfortable but it will trap sand Great traction on wet and dry surfaces; no more sliding around Toe and heel protection; a slight curved section provides just the right amount of coverage You really can’t go wrong with Merrell footwear and I’ve been wearing their shoes for years. The craftsmanship is long-lasting and the designs are a perfect match for my outdoor lifestyle. If you are looking for the comfort and durability of a hiking shoe with the endless summer freedom of a flip-flop, I think the All Out Blaze Flips will work as well for you as they do for me. Comments Matt ChebatorisMatt is a former national security professional and lifelong adventurer. He has published material on a variety of topics in the foreign policy arena and created PaddleXaminer™ as a platform to share his enjoyment of paddling with others. When not on the water, Matt can be found hiking along rugged mountain trails in the California wilderness. Matt resides in Los Angeles and is a member of the Lanakila Outrigger Canoe Club in Redondo Beach, California.