Merrell CT Converge Awarded Best Neutral Shoe by the Running Network

With the debut of its first running program, Merrell opens key specialty running doors and receives “Best Neutral Shoe” for the CT Converge in The Running Network’s Fall Shoe Review.

With the debut of its first running program, Merrell opens key specialty running doors and receives “Best Neutral Shoe” for the CT Converge in The Running Network's Fall Shoe Review. The Running Network features the CT Converge as “an outstanding performer with supportive fit and responsive cushioning.” The CT Converge is designed for runners with rigid to mild foot flexibility whose body does not attenuate shock as effectively as a naturally pronating foot type. The CT Converge features a precisely engineered cushion midsole, innovative heat/moisture management, and eco-friendly materials. The suggested retail price is $100.00. Merrell Running is available at specialty running and outdoor stores and online at

“We are honored to receive this prestigious award from The Running Network for our debut cushioning product,” said Gregg Duffy, product line director for running at Merrell Footwear. “This award validates all of the hard work that everyone at Merrell has done over the past year and helps let the consumer know that we are a real player within the running shoe market. We offer a product that combines relevant biomechanical technologies for running and proprietary Merrell outdoor features such as climate control and moisture management to enhance your overall comfort level.”

For neutral to mild pronators who seek cushioning, the CT Converge high mileage trainer features separately molded Gait-Phase (g-Phase ™) and full length g3-Phase™ midsole components in precisely the right shape and location to provide extra rebound and cushioning when and where needed. Heel transition channels encourage a natural running motion, a midfoot Torsional-Bridge (MTB™) keeps the foot correctly aligned, and the blown carbon rubber outsole provides extra cushioning with each step. For women looking to hit the road, the women's CT Converge has the cushioning technologies of its male counterpart with a women's-specific semi-curved last and Q-Form® technology, a guidance and support system designed to accommodate the unique gait cycle of a woman.

From the initial design through the manufacturing process, Merrell running styles utilize proprietary technologies with the goal of enhancing the overall running experience, from start to finish. The line uses environmentally-friendly materials and processes, including recycled mesh uppers and strobel boards, and materials that reduce the amount of water and energy in the manufacturing process. Merrell Running includes four categories of products: Neutral Cushioning, for the runner whose body does not absorb shock effectively; Support, for efficient runners with an average arch type with normal to mild pronation needs; Stability, for runners with normal to active arch flexibility who are mild to moderate over-pronators; and Maximum Stability, for runners with a flat or flexible foot type who are moderate to excessive over-pronators.

Merrell® is a brand within the Outdoor Group, a division of Wolverine World Wide, Inc. that also includes Patagonia Footwear. Wolverine World Wide, Inc. is headquartered in Rockford, Michigan. The company's portfolio of highly-recognized brands includes: Bates®, Hush Puppies®, HYTEST®, Merrell®, Sebago and Wolverine®. The Company is also the exclusive footwear licensee of the following popular brands: CAT®, Harley-Davidson® and Patagonia®. The Company's products are carried by leading retailers in the U.S. and globally in over 180 countries. Merrell, 9341 Courtland Drive, Rockford, Mich. 49351. Phone: (800) 789-8586; Fax: (888) 746-3329.