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Womens New Balance Minimus Zero Road Running Shoe

Women's New Balance Minimus Zero Road

Item #NBA1523
MSRP:$109.95
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Women's NEW BALANCE® MINIMUS ZERO ROAD :: Go for it: get closer! Designed for the serious minimalist runner, the women's New Balance® Minimus Zero Road gets you about as close to the ground as you want to go. With a stunning zero millimeter heel-to-toe drop, these trainers are about as close to barefoot as you can get- but even better. With their ultra-lightweight design - a mere 4.4 ounces! - super breathable uppers, and no-sew, irritation-free technology, your feet will feel like they're running in their birthday suit. 4.4 ounces

Category Type:

NEUTRAL [?]
If you have high arches and need minimal support, Neutral shoes are right for you. Your feet will guide themselves more naturally through each step for your perfect running gait. When choosing running shoes, find your perfect fit using this chart. Category types are based on factors like arch height, running habits and body frame.

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Features & Benefits:

  • Enjoy natural runs: Minimus Zero is inspired by Good Form Running, a minimalist approach that mimics barefoot running and encourages a healthy gait
  • Expect to really feel connected to the road with a 0 mm heel-to-toe drop
  • Go barefoot: these shoes are designed to be worn with or without socks
  • Durable, flexible Vibram® outsoles offer multi-directional traction and the most surface contact you can get
  • ACTEVA® midsoles may be 12% lighter than your average foam midsole, but they provide superior cushioning and compression-set resistance
  • Your feet will stay fresh and cool, thanks to the bacteria-fighting, anti-microbial footbeds that resist odor
  • No-sew design means welded seams, a second-skin fit, and an end to chafing and irritation
  • Got gait issues? The Minimus Zero can help; these shoes help to strengthen your feet and enhance correct gait
  • Heel-to-Toe Drop 0mm


  • Check out our entire New Balance Minimus Collection
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Womens New Balance Minimus Zero Road Running Shoe
 
4.2

(based on 13 reviews)

92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (12)
  • Breathable (11)
  • Comfortable (11)
  • Fast (8)
  • Durable (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Road running (9)
    • Sizing:
    • Feels full size too small

       

      Feels half size too small

       

      Feels true to size

       

      77% 

      (10 reviews)

      Feels half size too big

       

      Feels full size too big

       
    • Width:
    • Feels too narrow

       

      Feels true to width

       

      83% 

      (10 reviews)

      Feels too wide

       
    • Arch Type:
    • Average arch (6), Low arch (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Enthusiast (6), Casual/ recreational (3), Gym rat (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (13)

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Ideal for those tempo runs

By tamd

from NY, NY

About Me Casual/ Recreational

Pros

  • Breathable
  • Comfortable
  • Fast
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Road Running

    Comments about Womens New Balance Minimus Zero Road Running Shoe:

    I've had these for a few weeks now. They feel great and I love running in them. I did make the mistake not to ease into them. Even though the shoes I was using were lightweight as well, these are much lighter and unlike my other shoes, there is no real heel support.

    I want to get used to the different running style these shoes require. It just feels much more efficient. The only problem I experienced were my calves. I think that the different foot-strike takes more effort from certain calf-muscles that might remain unused with a shoe with heel support. So, from now on I will be alternating and hopefully, eventually, I will be able to build those unused muscles.

    • Sizing:
    • Feels true to size
    • Width:
    • Feels true to width
    • Arch Type:
    • Average Arch
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Want more colors

    By Alfahie

    from Katy, TX

    About Me Avid Athlete

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Breathable
    • Comfortable
    • Durable
    • Fast
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Road Running

      Comments about Womens New Balance Minimus Zero Road Running Shoe:

      I really like these shoes. They are extremely light and comfortable. I run in Vibrams but can still feel the separation between my toes. These have the same feel when running, except my toes have more freedom. I have put these to the test up to 10 miles and have no doubt I can go further. I have been running in NB Minimus 10 Trails for quite sometime and occasionally swap out for my Vibrams, so I didn't need to transition. However, would recommend a transition phase for those used to running with support. Another great feature these shoes have is they can be worn without socks! I only wish they would come out with more colors on RRS website.

      • Sizing:
      • Feels true to size
      • Width:
      • Feels true to width
      • Arch Type:
      • Average Arch
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      !!!!!

      By perkperk

      from north carolina

      About Me Avid Athlete

      Pros

      • Breathable
      • Comfortable
      • Cushions Impact
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Poor Cushioning

      Best Uses

      • Road Running

      Comments about Womens New Balance Minimus Zero Road Running Shoe:

      I have been looking for a good running shoe for a long time now and I have finally found it! MUCH better than any nike free that I have tried or any nike period! I have a pair of mizunos that I love but these are by far the best running shoes that I have ever owned. They are different from a traditional running shoe in that you use a different style of running and engage different muscles but they are phenomenal! I hardly had to break them in! I am not sure how long they will last so that is a concern for me. I have only had them for about two months but I LOVE THEM and i will certainly be purchasing another pair. Also, the color is more vivid than the picture shows. Hope this helps!

      • Sizing:
      • Feels true to size
      • Width:
      • Feels true to width
      • Arch Type:
      • Average Arch
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      4.0

      my favorite shoe for runs less then 5mi

      By Jaquie

      from New Hampshire

      About Me Gym Rat

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Breathable
      • Comfortable
      • Durable
      • Fast
      • Good Traction
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Poor Cushioning

      Best Uses

      • Road Running

      Comments about Womens New Balance Minimus Zero Road Running Shoe:

      one of my favorite shoes. Not the best for over 5 miles or so - thou I have done up to 13 mile runs in them. If you do run long distances in them you may discover a lot of small auxiliary muscles in you foot and lower leg that you may not have known existed.

      barring that I love them and they are by far my favorite training and short course shoe.

      • Sizing:
      • Feels true to size
      • Width:
      • Feels true to width
      • Arch Type:
      • Low Arch
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      5.0

      Love this shoe!

      By Sammyg70

      from Evanston, IL

      About Me Avid Athlete

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Comfortable
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Road Running

        Comments about Womens New Balance Minimus Zero Road Running Shoe:

        I love these shoes so much I own three pair. For me they are very comfortable. I have slowly worked my way down to more minimalist shoes and these are the best I have found without going all the way to Vibram Five Fingers. My one caveat is you have to enjoy the minimalist feel. If you need more support, this is not the shoe for you. Also, these shoes run wide. I typically wear a 8.5 W or 9 B. In these I can comfortably wear a 8.5 B because the front of the shoe is flared wide.

        • Sizing:
        • Feels half size too big
        • Width:
        • Feels true to width
        • Arch Type:
        • Average Arch
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        4.0

        I like these shoes

        By Elise

        from Seattle, WA

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Breathable
        • Comfortable
        • Durable
        • Good Traction
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Road Running

          Comments about Womens New Balance Minimus Zero Road Running Shoe:

          I really like this shoe. I have been looking to try another pair of minimus shoes besides my inov8's and I think I have found a good pair. They are great for road running and trail running. I haven't ran a race in them yet but I know they will do well. The only reason I gave them 4 stars is because of the seam along the middle of the arch, it hasn't bothered me too much but it is noticeable. Other than that it's a great minimus shoe.

          • Sizing:
          • Feels half size too small
          • Width:
          • Feels true to width
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          4.0

          Excellent buy

          By LodyLo

          from Spotsylvania, VA

          About Me Gym Rat

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Breathable
          • Comfortable
          • Fast
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Wears Out Quickly

          Best Uses

          • Road Running

          Comments about Womens New Balance Minimus Zero Road Running Shoe:

          My second purchase of this shoe. I absolutely love them. Will puechse again and again. Short run life but then they become my everyday gym comfort or run around town shoe.

          • Sizing:
          • Feels true to size
          • Width:
          • Feels true to width
          • Arch Type:
          • Low Arch
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          5.0

          Love My NB Mini's

          By Revvell

          from L.A. Ca.

          About Me Avid Athlete

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Breathable
          • Comfortable
          • Durable
          • Fast
          • Good Traction
          • Great with Jeans
          • Lightweight
          • NO BREAKING IN TIME

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Road Running

            Comments about Womens New Balance Minimus Zero Road Running Shoe:

            I love these. Paid full price for two pair, then found Road Runner Sports and now I have 5 pair! I have narrow feet, they come only in B width which makes it surprising that I can wear them.

            The reason I put "feels too narrow" I didn't mean for me.... I meant for pretty much anyone else who doesn't have narrow feet.

            What I love about them is ~ no break-in time. I put them on, they fit, I run.

            • Sizing:
            • Feels true to size
            • Width:
            • Feels too narrow
            • Arch Type:
            • Average Arch
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            1.0

            Painful Lace Holes

            By Lele

            from Virginia Beach, VA

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

              Cons

              • Uncomfortable

              Best Uses

                Comments about Womens New Balance Minimus Zero Road Running Shoe:

                The sneakers are extremely uncomfortable. The lace holes dig into the top of your foot. Never experienced this before. Sending them back for sure.

                • Sizing:
                • Feels true to size
                • Width:
                • Feels true to width
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No
                 
                5.0

                Best shoes ever

                By Dash

                from Los Angeles, CA

                About Me Casual/ Recreational

                Pros

                • Breathable
                • Comfortable
                • Fast
                • Good Traction
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Womens New Balance Minimus Zero Road Running Shoe:

                    I'm a high-arched forefoot striker and these shoes are the closest to barefoot that I've ever worn. In the gym, they have great traction and are extremely lightweight. I also love to wear them to work and feel like I'm wearing nothing at all. I just got them so I haven't worn them on a trail just yet, but I'm confident they will hold up and give me a very natural hike/run.

                    • Sizing:
                    • Feels true to size
                    • Width:
                    • Feels true to width
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No
                     
                    4.0

                    Love it!

                    By Kd B!

                    from Bham, Alabama

                    About Me Gym Rat

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Breathable
                    • Comfortable
                    • Cushions Impact
                    • Durable
                    • Fast
                    • Good Traction
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                    • Poor Arch Support

                    Best Uses

                    • Road Running

                    Comments about Womens New Balance Minimus Zero Road Running Shoe:

                    I love this shoe! I just had a baby and am working on getting into shape. I am also training to start running 5ks and 10ks with my family. These shoes are perfect for that! However, the give your calves an extra workout. I didn't know that when I bought them; I am definitely not complaining, but be prepared to feel the burn!

                    • Sizing:
                    • Feels half size too big
                    • Width:
                    • Feels too wide
                    • Arch Type:
                    • Low Arch
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No
                     
                    3.0

                    not made for all feet

                    By Val

                    from New Brunswick, NJ

                    About Me Avid Athlete

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Breathable
                    • Great with Jeans
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                    • Uncomfortable

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Womens New Balance Minimus Zero Road Running Shoe:

                      I really wanted to love this shoe, not only because all the reviews were so positive, but also because this shoe looks great! I get compliments when I wear them around town :)

                      The problem is that for some reason (let me see if I can describe this accurately), the inner seam falls just under the bottom of my inner foot on both sides. It's not that the shoe itself is narrow.... Maybe just the bottom? If you turn the shoe upside down, you will find that the sole is pretty narrow. If you have high arches, maybe this isn't a problem, as the seam will never touch your foot. I have pretty flat feet though, so this bothers me a lot, to the point where I can't really run more than two miles in them.

                      I have never had this problem with any other New Balance shoe, and even thicker socks don't seem to help that much, since as I run along eventually there just isn't anything under the inside part of my foot any more! Tightening laces also did not work. In short, maybe not good for people whose feet are boxy and rectangular and have no arch! :)

                      Today I tested out a pair of the new NB 10v2 Trail and those were much, much better.

                      Just sad I couldn't love these more!

                      • Sizing:
                      • Feels true to size
                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No
                       
                      5.0

                      LOVE LOVE LOVE this shoe!

                      By Jodie from the Tempe RRS

                      from Tempe, AZ

                      About Me Avid Athlete

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Breathable
                      • Comfortable
                      • Durable
                      • Fast
                      • Fits Most Foot Types
                      • Good Traction
                      • Great lacing system
                      • Great with Jeans
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Gym

                        Comments about Womens New Balance Minimus Zero Road Running Shoe:

                        Comfortable, beautiful, fit my foot perfectly, and are still wearing strong with 500+ miles on them! As soon as you try them on, your feet will embrace the ground yet also get that perfect tiny amount of cushion you secretly desire in a barefoot shoe. I've tried many shoes as I work for Road Runner Sports, and these are my most favorite shoe of all time - I LOVE when I get to bring this shoe out to barefoot-seeking customers, and they pretty much always love these shoes! I run 35+ miles a week and wear these shoes on more than half of my runs - as long as they are on the treadmill (as my knees need a little more cushion on pavement). I highly recommend this shoe if you are looking for a barefoot shoe for gym workouts, bootcamp, or are looking to strengthen your feet, core and legs with barefoot running. If you are new to barefoot walking/running, please NOTE: You'll love this shoe, but take the time to adjust to the barefoot feeling by first walking around in them for short spurts of time, and slowly introducing them to your runs. With that disclaimer said, I hope you love it as much as I do!

                        • Sizing:
                        • Feels true to size
                        • Width:
                        • Feels true to width
                        • Arch Type:
                        • Average Arch
                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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