Giesswein Merino Runners Test: Review, experience & Care Reports
Our editorial staff has collected so many Giesswein Merino Runners experiences in the last months that we would like to share them with you.
Let’s go through which points we will work on in our Giesswein Merino Runners Test & review:
Difference between Giesswein Merino Runners for women or men?
It is particularly noticeable that Giesswein always clearly divides its Merino Runners into two categories.
Merino Runners for women / ladies
Merino Runners for men
We have therefore asked ourselves where the difference between the two categories actually lies. But even if you take a longer look at the product photos of the two categories, you won’t find any differences in the colors or in the cut. Are there possibly other laces? We checked that too, but there is no difference (although we will have more to report about the Merino Runners shoelaces later)!
When we contacted the support of Giesswein, we got the sobering answer relatively quickly:
The main difference between the Merino Runners for women and those for men is the choice of shoe size. We offer the women’s collection in shoe sizes 36 – 42, whereas we offer the Giesswein Merino Runners for men in shoe sizes 40 – 48.
Unbelievable but true… The Merino Runners is a uni-sex shoe, which basically makes no difference between the men’s and women’s collection. Only the shoe sizes are individually tailored to the respective target group. A woman with shoe size 43 may therefore gladly help herself in the men’s collection without having to fear that she will get any more masculine shoe design in shape or color.
[edit:] A short time later we noticed a difference, which may have happened step by step. In the meantime, more colors (ruby/light red, grape/purple, light gray and turquoise) are added to the women’s collection, which are (understandably) not offered for men. So for the women we have now reached 13 different color variations, while for the men’s models there are currently 11 different color variations.
The men currently still have the choice of a light green Giesswein shoe, which is not available in the women’s collection.
Giesswein Merino Runners Price
Normally the Giesswein Merino Runners costs 129.00 dollar. It does not matter in which color or in which shoe size the shoe is ordered. And once again a part of our editorial staff is annoyed that the significantly lower proportion of fabric does not have a positive effect on the price of smaller shoes…()
Further down on this page, however, we have a discount code that will give you the Giesswein runners once again just 13 dollar cheaper, so that you can get the Giesswein shoes at the lowest price on the Internet directly from Giesswein in Austria.
Giesswein Merino Runners Advertising
On 31.01.2019 Giesswein published the following german advertisement, in which you package the advantages of the shoe “looser and funnier” than in the previous videos. Here is the Giesswein Merinorunner commercial from 2019
Who does not know previous advertisement yet, should look at the video in any case. Okay, a woman just strolling around all day…Surely the advertisers could have come up with something more exciting. But the song makes you want to have summer 🙂 So it’s probably meant to create a cool and chilly atmosphere.
Before you ask, here is the info about the song from the video: Steve Smith Joey miceli – lovesick (instrumental)
Who is Giesswein anyway?
The company Giesswein comes from Tyrol / Austria and is a family business in 3rd generation. Since the company is known worldwide and sells internationally, the terms “Giesswein Austrian Fashion” and “Giesswein – Made in Austria” have become established. The company has specialized in processing the advantages of hand-picked wool quality into modern garments. The company is best known for slippers made of wool. Especially children love the comfortable slippers from Giesswein (anecdote by the way: In the first weeks of my son’s life, Giesswein slippers were the main reason why he wanted to go to kindergarten in the morning). But there are also jackets, caps and various accessories by Giesswein.
The current generation of the Giesswein family has now dared to take the step towards sneackers and obviously hit the mark. Their new “3D Strech Merino Wool” technology was necessary to turn the Merino wool into a dimensionally stable, comfortable and at the same time absolutely fashionable leisure shoe. In the following two videos, you can see the just mentioned Giesswein generation presenting their new sneakers. Okay, their English is not perfect, but I think that makes it all the more likeable and authentic:
Here, the inventor of the Merino Runner answers the typical questions and of course the advantages of the shoes:
With Merino Runners to the new bestseller?!
The Merino Runners have only been on the market since summer 2017, but in this short time they have quickly established themselves in the highly competitive sneaker market, as you can see here from the search queries of Google:
But if a purchase of the sneakers made of merino wool is really worthwhile, we would like to examine more closely in our experiences. Only one year after the publication of the Merino Runners, Giesswein has already added another new model Giesswein Wool Knit Test to the market. Here too, demand is extremely high, which indicates that the sneakers made of merino wool are an absolute hit with the company (which we ourselves can absolutely understand).
Giesswein Merino Runners experiences
Giesswein Merino Runners shoesize?
With the Giesswein wool sneakers, the question of the perfect shoe size has reached us particularly often. Are the Giesswein shoes rather narrow or wide? Do you wear them with socks/stockings or without? Does the merino wool still yield when worn or does it possibly even contract more?
We would therefore like to answer these questions briefly here:
Merino Runner with socks or barefoot?
The Merino Runners are actually designed as barefoot shoes. In contrast to shoes made of pure cotton, shoes made of 100% Merino wool are ideal for this purpose. It would therefore be a pity to weaken the extremely positive properties of merino wool by using a few socks made of cotton or artificial fabric as an intermediate layer. But if you are unsure, you are of course welcome to try the shoes on with socks or wear them in. After a few days you should dare to try on the shoes barefoot. Even for people who have never walked barefoot in shoes, it is a relief! Sweaty feet? No problem! We wear these shoes even in midsummer and for sports. The shoes are really as breathable and heat-regulating as advertised!
The right shoe size?
The Merino shoes usually turn out a little bigger. You have an intermediate size? Then we (and the Giesswein support) would recommend to order the smaller shoe size, because at the moment Giesswein does not offer intermediate sizes for the Merino Runner. Alternatively, you can of course order two different shoe sizes directly and return the unsuitable size free of charge. This works very well at the Giesswein-Online-Shop and was even recommended to us by the support there. Of course you can also test different colors in this way and only keep the Merino Runners color variant that you really like.
Giesswein Merino Runners Colors
With the color selection of the Giesswein Sneakers we are also immediately at another advantage, which unfortunately also very often ends in an extremely large Giesswein Merino Runners disadvantage. The shoe colors of the Giesswein Runners are really extremely modern and at the same time discreet and suitable for almost any occasion. The problem: Unfortunately, only rarely are all color variations available in the corresponding shoe sizes. It is not uncommon to get such a (somewhat frustrating) view:
By the way, it makes no difference whether you order from the Amazon store or the Giesswein online store. The color selection is usually exactly the same, because a stock is accessed. When we asked how it happens that the different colors in the individual sizes are sold out so often, we received the following useful answer from Giesswein Support:
Our production processes are running at full speed, but we are not always able to keep up with the demand for the individual color variants. As a small tip I can tell you that the missing colors are usually always refilled on the 15th and at the end of a month.
That is a great tip, isn’t it? From our own experience we can still say that especially the color dark blue is out of stock for men. For women, several colors are often and quickly out of stock. Especially often the colors are affected:
slate / dark grey
robin / light red
grape / purple
Nothing helps except: be quick 🙂, choose an alternative color or wait for the supply to arrive.
Giesswein Merino Runners Amazon or Online Shop ?
To say it right away: Our entire editorial team is a huge fan of Amazon. So basically we would always order everything directly from Amazon. In this case, however, we are making an exception in the meantime, because we have had really great experiences with the online store and the support of Giesswein. In addition, we are currently able to use a voucher in the Giesswein online store, so that we can get the shoes there at a much lower price than, for example, at Amazon (more on this below).
All in all, the Giesswein Online Shop is very clearly structured and we were also pleased to find that, in contrast to Amazon, Paypal is also no problem here.
In USA, UK, Germany and Austria, there are no shipping costs for shipping, so you can really order a pair of shoes “to try on” and then just send the ones that don’t fit or don’t fit back. At Amazon we’ve heard stories that if you do this too often, Amazon will eventually cause you problems. At Giesswein, however, this is not a problem. Probably also a sign of how good the shoes are.
Giesswein Merino Runners discount code / discount code for 10% discount
The biggest advantage, why you should order your Merino Sneakers directly in the Giesswein online store is probably the possibility to use a discount code in the shopping cart. Currently, there is a voucher for this, with which you can get the Giesswein shoes 10% cheaper. What doesn’t sound like much at first, is reflected in the end with almost 13 dollars per shoe purchase.
Cash in Giesswein Merino Runners discount code
Here is a small instruction how to proceed to redeem the discount code:
Go to this separate landing page and choose your desired shoe (the voucher is also valid for other products from the Giesswein-Shop)
Put the desired product in the shopping cart and proceed to checkout.
In the checkout you will see the field “Discount” in which you enter the discount code FBUS10.
Then click on “Apply“.
The validity of the voucher is then checked and then automatically deducted from the value of the goods:
This makes buying shoes even more fun 🙂
What is merino wool and where does it come from?
with the following three videos we would like to go briefly into the main product of the shoe: The merino wool.
In this video you can see very well where the wool comes from:
In this video you can see what else the fashion industry does with merino wool and what advantages merino wool has:
Giesswein Merino Runners care instructions
Basically, the Merino Runners are very easy to care for, because they can be worn in any weather. Due to dust and sand, the shoes can appear a little dirty after a few months. That is however no problem, because either one knocks the shoes out with the hand, so that the dust is knocked out of the Merino wool, or one puts the shoes with 40 degrees into the washing machine. Both worked out wonderfully in our test and the shoes looked like new again afterwards and let’s fit them on the first day!
Impregnate Giesswein shoes
If you wear your sneakers frequently in rainy weather and still want to have permanently dry feet, you should get yourself an impregnation spray. But it is extremely important to get a spray for functional clothing, because otherwise the shoes would immediately lose their breathability and you would sweat in them just like in rubber boots. We have treated all our Giesswein sneakers with an impregnation spray.
When it rains, we now have a clearly visible (and beautiful) roll-off effect on the shoes:
advertisingOnce you stomp your shoes on the floor and the rainwater will bead down from the wool and the shoes will stay dry:
In addition, we have received a very useful and summarizing care-instructions for the Merino Runners from Giesswein Support, which we would like to share with you. Here you can download the instruction for free as PDF >>advertising
Giesswein Merino Runners shoelaces
As already indicated, we would like to write here briefly something about shoelaces, because there are a few interesting things to mention:
Giesswein lacing to hide shoelaces
Okay, of course Giesswein also uses some marketing tricks to present its Giesswein shoes in a particularly great way. When you unpack the shoes and use them yourself, you wonder why the shoes on your own foot don’t look so perfect after all. The reason is often the long shoelaces. A simple bow makes the shoe unfortunately nevertheless somewhat clumsier than on the perfect marketing pictures. But there are simple tips that we would like to present here:
Particularly elegant solution, without cutting off the laces
Ingenious, right? Sure, alternatively you can simply cut off the laces and knot them together in the right place. That’s the way we had always done it.
But if you prefer to stick with the existing laces, but don’t want to incorporate Zubits magnets either, you can still achieve a lot with a creative lacing. Because you can individualize your Giesswein Merino Runners even further by using a completely new lacing. Here are a few creative ideas (admittedly, presented on a different shoe)
Giesswein Merino Runners Reviews
On Amazon, as well as on Google, Facebook or in the Giesswein Shop, the reviews for the Giesswein Merino shoe are consistently positive! We can only join this positive criticism! It’s a pity, but it’s also understandable that Giesswein is currently behind in production and therefore some colors are not available. But we are sure that they will soon get this part under control.
Giesswein Merino Runners Test Conclusion
We are thrilled with the Merino shoe. For this reason we made an exception here and wanted to report on our site (where we actually report on diet products) about this merino shoe. Many of our editors now have different colors of this Giesswein Merino shoe. Some change according to their mood, others have clear shoes for work (more subtle color) and colors for leisure (quitschbunt). Either way, we think all colors are great and are curious to see how these shoes prove themselves in long-term tests. We will report 🙂
We do have one criticism after all: The name “Merino Runners” is perhaps a bit misleading. Because even though some of our editors put on the shoes for workout units, these shoes are only partly suitable for jogging. For longer jogging units we prefer to use our jogging shoes. We would therefore have preferred the name Giesswein Merino Sneakers. But that is a matter of opinion and criticism on a high level.
Giesswein Wool Cross X jogging Shoe?
[edit:] It’s exciting how fast Giesswein is with the production of new ideas, because in the meantime Giesswein has released a shoe especially for joggers and calls this Giesswein Wool Cross X:
You can find them here >>
[edit:] Even after more than a year we are still enthusiastic barefoot carriers and can absolutely recommend the Giesswein Merino Runners! Currently there is a discount campaign, which we have now pointed out in this article. For security reasons here again the discount code: FBUS10
(Just tested and via this link the code even works for all other Giesswein products from their store).