I had to go quickly buy another pair of shoes and was about to throw the pair of Merrell's away when I decided to wait and see if there was any kind of warranty. I am so glad I waited because the shoes do have a lifetime warranty!
I reached out to Merrell and spoke to a really nice lady named Heather and now I am going to send them back for free replacement. All I have to do is pay the shipping. It will be well worth it to have them replaced.