Merrell Berner Shift Lace

7.3
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It’s tempting to don your favorite pair of running shoes even when you’re not running. After all, don’t runners choose the most comfortable footwear so that their feet can feel good mile after mile? If you head out for a morning run and immediately need to walk the dog post-workout or quickly head to the grocery store before your shower (don’t worry, just spray on some dry shampoo and re-apply deodorant, you’ll be fine!) your first thought isn’t to kick off your trainers and swap them out for another type of footwear. But you really should. Extra miles on your shoes count even if you’re just popping out to the corner store. What’s a runner to wear on their feet when they’re not training? A comfortable fashion sneaker, of course! Something like the Merrell Berner Shift Lace. The athletic looking men’s shoe looks like a classier version of a skate shoe. Naturally, if we’re suggesting you wear it during non-run hours of the day, it must be comfortable. And it is indeed!

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Quality construction
  • Durable
  • Good fit
  • Supportive
  • Great traction
  • Well-priced
  • Well-cushioned
Cons
  • Makes an annoying squeaking sound
  • Laces are poor quality
  • Feels a bit stiff at first
Outsole
Outsole

Outsole

The outsole of the Berner Lace features Merrell's standard grippy compound called M Select Grip. The material provides durability and traction. Reviewers liked the sturdy design of the Shift Lace from outsole to upper. Users also liked the grip provided by the shoe. The outsole provides enough traction that users felt comfortable wearing it for short hikes in the outdoors.
Midsole
Midsole

Midsole

The midsole of the Berner Shift Lace contains Air Cushion for impact protection. The cushioning also helps to deliver a comfortable ride feel. The midsole also features M Select Move technology which promotes a flexible ride, as well. Reviewers liked the supportive midsole and appreciated the shoe's midfoot arch support. Users also found the Merrell shoe provided plenty of cushioning and was overall, very comfortable.
Upper
Upper

Upper

The upper of the Shift is made up of leather and canvas. A pair of standard laces and an M Select Fresh liner are also present. Some users found the tongue portion of the shoe a bit short and the laces weirdly long. But generally, reviewers found the Berner to fit well. Users particularly liked the thick insole, which provided an extra layer of padding. Many liked the soft leather material of the upper. Reviewers were also happy with the anti-odor design of the shoe's liner. Some users did note that the laces were a bit flimsy, compared to the rest of the shoe. A few also felt the design was a bit too narrow.
Weight
Weight

Weight

We couldn't find any information regarding the exact weight of the Berner Shift Lace but some reviewers did mention the shoe felt a bit heavy. With such a durable construction and a well-cushioned midsole, a little bit of extra weight isn't that surprising and frankly, it doesn't ruin the feel of the shoe at all. Only a few reviewers felt the weight was significant enough to comment on, the rest of those that tried the Lace were happy with the overall feel of the shoe.
Breathability
Breathability

Breathability

Reviewers found the upper quite breathable. Many commented that the upper breathed well even on very hot days. Inside, the anti-odor M Select Fresh liner wicks moisture and inhibits bacterial growth. The shoe is a pretty good moisture manager and users didn't feel overheating was an issue with the Lace.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

People who tried the Berner were impressed with how comfortable it felt. Users liked the well-cushioned (with Air Cushion) midsole and appreciated that there was even more padding with the shoe's insole. Most users were impressed with the fit of the Lace and liked that the shoe also provided adequate arch support. The upper, too, composed of leather and canvas was great at delivering proper ventilation, said reviewers. The shoe is great for walking around. One thing users did have an issue with was the shoe's tendency to squeak very loudly. Even after a breaking in period, reviewers reported that the annoying squeaking did not seem to subside. A minor issue in the grand scheme of things, though.
Style
Style

Style

The Berner Shift Lace is an incredibly good looking shoe. It's meant for casual wear and it's certainly a shoe anyone would be happy to wear with a pair of jeans. The Merrell shoe comes in brown, black, or dark charcoal. The men's only shoe looks like a classy sports shoe with a simple skater aesthetic. Pretty much all of the reviewers who tried the Berner Lace liked the look of the shoe.
Durability
Durability

Durability

The shoe is quite durable. From the M Select outsole to the well-cushioned midsole, thick insole, and leather blend upper, the Lace is sure to last a significant amount of time. Users felt comfortable wearing the shoe for all sorts of occasions, even for light hiking off-road. Users did point out that the laces had a tendency to fray very quickly, compared to the rest of the shoe. Thankfully, laces are super easy to replace and don't compromise the structural integrity of a shoe.
Protection
Protection

Protection

With the Berner, expect protection in the form of midsole Air cushion. The generously padded midsole provides protection from impact. The upper breathes well to help cool down the feet. The midfoot delivers arch support and the shoe fits very well so that movement in it doesn't feel sloppy and unstable. Oh, and the outsole provides plenty of protection on the slick ground thanks to M Select Grip technology.
Responsiveness
Responsiveness

Responsiveness

The casual wear shoe is as responsive as it needs to be. Don't expect to be bouncing around but users should feel that the natural transition from heel to toe comes easily in the Merrell brand shoe.
Support
Support

Support

Reviewers were pleased with the amount of support provided by the Merrell Berner. The midsole provides arch support in the midfoot area and delivers users a supportive platform to walk upon. The leather and canvas upper fits very well and ensures users don't encounter a sloppy fit with the shoe.
Terrain
Terrain

Terrain

Made for walking around, the Berner is still sturdy enough to be used for hiking on well-groomed trails. Reviewers felt the shoe was solid enough for hiking and felt comfortable wearing it off road as long as the terrain wasn't too aggressive.
Price
Price

Price

Reviewers were happy with how much they paid for the Merrell shoe and found that they got plenty of use for the amount invested int he casual wear sneaker. The durable construction, attractive design, and comfortable feel of the Shift Lace made the purchase worthwhile.
Traction
Traction

Traction

The Berner Shift features an M Select Grip outsole which is very durable and provides excellent traction for wearers. The shoe provides enough traction that wearers seemed to feel comfortable using the shoes for light hiking.
Flexibility
Flexibility

Flexibility

Reviewers actually pointed out that the Shift Lace was a bit stiffer than they expected at first but with a few wears the shoe loosened up a bit and felt a little more flexible. The M Select Move midsole's flexibility takes a bit of time to work accordingly and provide users with a flexible feel.
Stability
Stability

Stability

Not a running shoe and not a stability shoe, users shouldn't expect that much stability from the Berner Shift Lace. It's a casual wear shoe that doesn't feature any corrective components. Still, the fit is good and the cushioning is both comfortable and supportive. Wearers didn't complain of feeling unstable in the Lace in great part due to the excellent grip provided by the shoe's M Select Grip outsole.
Drop
Drop

Drop

We couldn't find a listed drop height for the Merrell Berner Shift Lace but as a skater-style inspired shoe, it looks as if it's close to a zero drop design. Regardless, users didn't have any complaints or comments regarding the drop height of the shoe.
Key Features
Key Features

Key Features

- Leather & canvas upper design
- Regular laces
- M Select Fresh Anti-Bacterial Liner
- M Select Move midsole design for flexibility
- Air Cushion midsole for impact protection
- M Select Grip outsole for traction
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

Overall, the Berner Shift Lace is a good choice for runners seeking a good looking shoe for the hours when training is put on hold and life goes on. Whether you want a shoe for quick errands or are looking for a fabulous sneaker to wear with jeans on your next Tinder date, the Merrell Berner not only has an attractive design, it's also super comfortable. The shoe is sturdy, made of quality materials, supportive, grippy, and well-priced. It's a great option for anyone, non-runners too, who wants a classy looking walking shoe for any scenario.