Founded in 1981 by Randy Merrell, Clark Matis, and John Schweizer, Merrell’s origins can be traced back to the handmade hiking boots crafted in a small workshop in Utah. Merrell's boots gained popularity among outdoor enthusiasts for their superior performance and comfort. In 1986, the company was acquired by Karhu, a Finnish sporting goods company, which helped expand Merrell's reach globally. Merrell introduced innovative technologies like Air Cushioning and Vibram soles, further enhancing their footwear's functionality. The brand expanded its offerings to include hiking shoes, trail running shoes, and lifestyle footwear such as the Moab, Speed, Nova, and Jungle Moc. Today, Merrell is recognized as a leading provider of outdoor footwear, known for its durability, comfort, and performance. Merrell continues to evolve and develop innovative designs, catering to the needs of outdoor adventurers worldwide.