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Are the Merrell Freewheel Chukkas a 'sleek spin on a classic design' as Merrell claim? We put them to the test.

merrell freewheel chukka
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They just feel right
You're not going to climb a mountain wearing them

Ok, these aren't hyper technical shoes resplendent with patented technologies, acronyms abound but we can tell you that they're still a damn fine shoe.

From the moment you slip the Freewheel Chukkas on they just feel right. You can't argue with a shoe that's stylish, comfortable, well made, light, fairly robust and good value.

The Freewheel Chukkas were made for cycling, although more for urban commuters and cool kids than racing legends. A special sole integrates a rigid midfoot and grippy surface for pedal power, there's also a funky cog graphic on the inside of the shoe but to be honest, from where we're sitting, that's where the cycling credentials end.

The Freewheel Chukkas have an air cushion in the heel and a very comfy canvas lining inside, the pig suede upper provides some protection from the elements and also a very classy look. Merrell's standard odour prevention wizardry has been designed in, this has been proven to work fantastically well in other Merrell shoes that we've tested and sweated in an awful lot.

All in all the Freewheel Chukkas are a lovely shoe to wear around town, to work, to the pub or of course on your bike (but only if you kick it with the cool kids).

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