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Merrell was established in 1981 when two executives from the Rossignol ski company, Clark Matis and John Schweizer, decided to launch a new manufacturer of hiking boots. The pair decided to join forces with Randal Ivan Merrell (R.I. Merrell), a renowned producer of custom boots that retailed for $500 a pair. Matis set about designing a more affordable, high-performance boot, the Moab, which was developed in 1982. Since 1997, the company has been a wholly-owned subsidiary of footwear giant Wolverine World Wide.

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