We Partnered with Merrell (Again!) on See America Art Inspired Trail Running Shoes

May 27, 2021

We Partnered with Merrell (Again!) on See America Art Inspired Trail Running Shoes

Do you know who loves the outdoors and helping good causes as much as we do? Merrell shoes! We enjoyed our first collaboration with them so much we did it again – introducing a new line of trail running shoes inspired by See America posters of our nation's most celebrated through-hikes, the Appalachian Trail, the Pacific Crest Trail and the Continental Divide Trail. One part inspiration and one part commemoration, our new shoe collection helps support Earthjustice organization. Integral to the collection are amazing poster designs the shoes were inspired by, from artists Brooke Fischer, Jonathan Scheele and Annie Riker. We really hope you love reading the story of how this project came to be. Our heartfelt thanks to Merrell for always being down to party with us in support of a worthy organization! 

 

 

This summer, we're counting on the restorative properties of Mother Nature to keep us grounded as we all get reacquainted with our new normal, whatever that is! Fellow hikers and trail enthusiasts will know that nothing compares to the majesty of U.S. national parks, and that some of the longest hiking trails in the country, like the Continental Divide Trail, the Appalachian Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail, are equally amazing. These three trails were chosen to inspire our new See America trail running collaboration with Merrell, and the resulting Nova 2 trail running shoes for both men and women came out great! Styled after the vintage vibes reflected in the iconic See America poster series, the limited-edition Merrell Nova 2 lets you take a piece of the three most famous trails in the United States with you wherever you go. It's the perfect escape vehicle for when you’re ready to answer the call of the wild.

 

 

Our first design in our new trail running See America project with Merrell is based on the Pacific Crest Trail poster by LA-based artist Brooke Fischer. The Pacific Crest Trail stretches 2,650 miles from Mexico to Canada along the mountainous crest of the Cascades into the Sierra Nevadas and through the Mojave Desert winding through Mexico, California, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia, and overlapping with the John Muir Trail for most of its length. About her design, Brooke says, "I have always found John Muir’s love of nature and writings to be so inspiring, and my favorite of his quotes is, 'In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.' Our experiences in nature feed our souls and give us a greater understanding of life as we see it between the pines." 

 

 

Next up in our See America x Merrell trail running shoe collection is a design based on Jonathan Scheele's Continental Divide Trail poster, which perfectly captures the beauty of the Continental Divide Trail with its towering peaks and open fields. A frequent contributor to CAN's art campaigns, Jonathan lives and works in Tennessee and loves to hike as often as possible, either at local parks or on summer trips out West. Sales of both the poster and the shoe – and in fact our entire See America collection – give back to Earthjustice.org, dedicated to building a better future for our planet!

 

 

Annie Riker is an Asheville, NC based artist who contributed the Appalachian Trail poster to our Merrell trail running See America project. "Max Patch, a stretch of mountain meadow along the Appalachian Trail, was the first hike I did with my family after moving to Asheville. It was fall, so the colors of the trees below us looked like a beautiful patchwork quilt and the 360-degree views of mountains all around were incredible. We sat up there for hours nibbling on the fruit and crackers we had packed while watching kids with kites and a few Appalachian Trail thru-hikers pass by. The beautiful views, and the on-top-of-the-world feeling was something I wanted to capture in the creation of this poster." 

 

 

We worked hard on this project and we're so glad we can finally announce it! So far the shoes have been a big hit. If you've enjoyed reading this post, you can read all about our first collaboration See America x Merrell Hiking Boots to learn more about. Thanks to Christopher Wachter and baby Gus for the adorable photo, and thanks to you for reading about our new See America trail running shoe project with Merrell. Have a wonderful summer and we hope you get many chances to enjoy the great outdoors!! ~Team CAN

 

 





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