Meet Merrell Jungle Moc: Casual Slip on Shoes Built to Work

Oftentimes simple is best, and when it comes to casual, comfy footwear we find that simple reigns supreme. The Merrell Jungle Moc is a robust slip on shoe that nails the simple, then takes it up a notch.

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The Merrell Jungle Mocs, built for morning walks, fireside hangs, and more.

You’ve no doubt seen these on feet — in someone’s house, on a ranch, at a campsite, during a stroll through a park, or at a casual dinner or patio brunch. You’ve seen the Jungle Moc in all of these disparate places because they are a simple pair of slip on shoes that work for a huge range of scenarios, and are comfortable in all of them.

The Jungle Mocs are made with a pigskin suede leather upper that is water resistant, soft to the touch, durable enough to hike rough trails, and lined with a moisture-wicking fabric to help your feet breathe. There are two spots of elastic to help you slip right into the Mocs and a beefy outsole with an Air Cushion heel to provide traction and support.

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Left: Men’s Jungle Mocs. Right: Women’s Jungle Mocs.

The Merrell Jungle Mocs come in a few varieties, but the classic cannot be beat. Merrell makes the Jungle Moc in Wide sizes for men and women, and if you want a different upper than the classic, Merrell makes versions with Nubuck Waterproof uppers, ice-ready outsoles, and finished leather uppers. There are even kid’s versions. It’s an all-purpose family affair.

If you’re seeking a casual slip on shoe that can handle tough terrain and weather, the Merrell Jungle Moc is your first stop.

See the Men’s Jungle Moc

See the Women’s Jungle Moc

Unique Features of the Merrell Jungle Moc

The beauty of simplicity is that there are not many features that make up this product — the Jungle Moc has just a few elements that will make your feet sing. The durable suede upper (which comes in many colors to appease the stylish readers out there) has been rated gold by the Leather Working Group, which determines the environmental compliance of leather manufacturers. The suede is robust, yet supple, and ages well.

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Heel pull and a bit of elastic give the Jungle Mug a snug fit.

The Jungle Moc’s midsoles are made of compression-molded EVA, giving your foot impressive support for long days standing on dirt, pavement, or linoleum. The heel loop helps you to quickly slip into the shoes, and they are lightly water resistant, meaning you can wear them in muck and morning mist.

Slip On Shoes That Do Work

What surprises us — and most people — about the Jungle Mocs is that they are a slip on shoe that can do real work. Oftentimes we associate slip on shoes with casual-only footwear. Comfortable, perhaps, but not rugged, and unable to go from a full day on the ranch to cooking in the kitchen.

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Bit of stretch.

The Jungle Mocs are so-named because of their versatility, which is mostly due to the outsole. There is a strip of softer rubber in the middle with short, close-together lugs that provide good traction on rough surfaces, allowing you to walk through mud, gravel, and snow. Then the edges of the Jungle Moc’s outsole have harder 3 mm lugs, which provide plenty of durability and support.

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The outsole and back of the Jungle Moc.

When you look at the Jungle Mocs they appear to be a casual slip on shoe, but standing and walking around on the outsoles immediately proves they are much more.

See the Men’s Jungle Moc

See the Women’s Jungle Moc

Who is Merrell?

Merrell is one of the most popular shoe brands in the outdoor world, and has long made footwear that works out of the box in a range of categories, including backpacking, hiking, water sports, and running. Their shoes typically have moderate cushion, a standard heel to toe drop, and fit average-width feet (with specific exceptions).

See the Men’s Jungle Moc and Women’s Jungle Moc, and learn more about Merrell.


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