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.