2011 has been the year for minimalist footwear, and we are barely half-way through it. This spring Merrell hit the scene running with their new barefoot line and shortly thereafter expanded it with additional models, including two for kids. The three models to hit shelves first for men were the Trail Glove, the True Glove, and the Tough Glove. All built on the same last, with the same the same sole, the three models differ only in the fabrics and construction of the uppers. The Trail Glove features a breathable mostly mesh upper, the True Glove has a slightly beefier, more abrasion resistant sythetic leather/mesh upper, and the Tough Glove is all leather.