Shoes for the outdoors are Merrell’s specialty. Choices have expanded greatly since the company was founded in 1981 with what was then a revolutionary hiking boot. Now consumers can purchase all kinds of different styles for men, women and children, but they’re still known for their comfort, quality and durability. Newest offerings include a line of low profile Barefoot Shoes. The outlet store, only one of two in North Carolina, offers the brand at discounted prices, but the real deals can be found with seasonal sales. Selection of stock varies, and is not necessarily the complete line offered elsewhere. But there’s a lot of variety available that reflects the current season. There is also a selection of outdoor “adventure wear” for sale, including waterproof jackets.