Men's NEW BALANCE® MINIMUS TRAIL SHOE :: New Balance takes the minimalist phenomenon to an exciting new level with the release of the men's New Balance® Minimus Trail Shoe. Ideal for trail and ultra runners who are anxious to get closer to the terrain or for any runner aspiring to change their gait. Ultra thin yet thoroughly protective, you're ready to show that trail what you're really made of. 7.1 ounces
I burned a hole in my five fingers so I needed a replacement that would fit into my varied summer racing schedule; these fit the bill perfectly. They have been put through countless hours of training, a trail marathon (DWD Devils Lake), an olympic triathlon, and a road based half-marathon.
With all the miles on these shoes I have to say these shoes are well constructed. They have minimal signs of wear other than the sole. The sole it's self is a durable Vibram rubber with a pattern better suited for light trails, but it has worked in every environment.
These are minimal shoes. After my trail marathon my feet were pretty beat up from running on miles of crushed rock, but feeling the trail was worth it. The shoe did its job by protecting my feet from any lacerations, and gripped the dirt well on the climbs. The closed toe also has its advantages in the grass (no more picking grass out of my VFFs). I did put on a pair of socks for that race due to the distance and walked away with all my toe nails and no blisters.
These shoes were also great for my triathlon. I put on a set of speed laces for a quick T2. The tongue is attached so it didn't curl when I slid my feet into the shoe. The run was a combination trail/road race and these shoes hammered on both terrains. The inner construction of the shoe is made to go without socks which is nice for triathlon. This race I ran with no socks and walked away with healthy feat.
The half marathon was all road and again they worked great after three months of use. They held tight at a 6:25 pace and felt great doing it, what else can I say.
As for the negative, I have run roads in better racing flats, my Salomon shoes have better traction on gnarly trails, and my VFF's were more fun as a minimal shoe. Having said that, if you're looking for a good all around minimal shoe, these take the cake. The do everything and they do it well. I would highly suggest giving these a shot if you are going minimal. I've taken them from the trail, to the road, and even through HIIT training. They have given me a performance worth 5-stars.
Adam the Tree
My Favorite Shoes Ever!
Background Info: I'm a high school xc and track runner, I'm 5'6" and weigh about 135 lbs, and i have flat feet that are a little on the wide side.
Since getting these I have put about 120 miles on the shoes....id say the best 120 miles of my life! So far there is no visible wear other than the small textural pattern on the bottom of the lugs is starting to go(this does no harm to the performance of the shoe). I have taken them on on trails ranging from soft dirt and wood chips -to- very rugged and rocky(big two hander rocks to pebble sized), steep decents and ascents. And im pleased to say that it has performed exceptionally well on all! Except for straight dirt descents. Traction great and i only remember slipping once but on loose rock. The first time you hit the trails with these shoes stepping on rocks startle you but dont hurt. After a while its a normal feel, and very rarely do the rocks actually hurt. I have also worn these shoes sockless for every run and have had no problems with smell yet! Oddly enough it still smells brand new! Also the band over the fore foot still has yet to give me any problems and is highly welcomed for higher speeds and downhills.
My only gripes with these shoes is grass gets in the shoe easily when running in fields(but rarely do rocks get in), and when finishing a run at a 6 min mile pace on occasion there is a slight pain on the bottoms of my 4th toes from the rubbing on a peculiar stitching at the bottom interior of the shoes. Though this has pain has only happened twice out of the 30+ runs ive been on.
other than that i have fallen in love with these shoes, and its a joy to wear them every time!
Cedar Hill, Texas
Make the switch
If you are thinking about switching to a minimalist shoe, don't waste anymore time and just do it. This is a great shoe to start with. Having a 4mm heal drop really helps transition from traditional running shoes to the "barefoot" feel and style of running. I have always loved running, but never as much as I do now with these shoes. It is an almost indescribable experience that you just have to try it for yourself. I have not had them for very long, however, I have not had the knee pain or shin splints since (although I have found new levels of soreness in my calves.) I do a lot of trail running and my only gripe so far is that tiny pebbles (like sand from a dirt path) get inside the shoes somehow. If I wore socks, I don't think it would be an issue, however on longer no-sock runs it might lead to blisters...
I am usually 200+ lbs with size 13 wide feet and always feared running in minimalist shoes would make things worse for me. After the 1st block in these shoes, however, I knew I was going to be happy... Without all the comfort and support you get from traditional shoes you have to "re-learn" how to run properly (which is forced upon you in the form of pain free running).
These shoes are comfortable enough to wear all the time, although, I wouldn't recommend it. Especially if you buy them in orange and have huge feet...
San Diego, CA
Everything Has Changed....for GOOD!
I have been a runner since the 7th grade and now at age 34 it feels like I just started running for the first time! I am an over pronator and have always worn stability or motion control shoes, because that is what I was told I needed by EVERYONE. I too was always plagued by shin splints, soar knees, lower back problems, so I started to think it had to be the shoes. After looking into the barefoot movement, I was convinced that all of the technology and the tanks I have been running in for years were the problem. I read the reviews on the MT10 and knew I had found what I was looking for. I can say now not only are they everything they are hyped to be, but I will never look back! Great shoe, nice look and man does it feel great! If you want to really run and experience running as it should be wear these shoes! I even have my wife running now, who has never ran and she loves it!
Wonderful minimalist for non-evangelists
This is a wonderful caveman shoe for those you want to run naturally. I prefer this to my Vibram KSO on trails since it has superior rock/stone protection.
This shoe has been badly reemed by the minimalist evangelists because of its heel-to-toe drop and other features, yet I would like to give it a lot of credit for all of its conscious design decisions that make it an extremely versatile next-to-nothing companion.
Ft Mill, SC
Picked up this shoes for crossfit training as a fathers day treat. First minimalist shoe. Was really surprised how comfortable and supportive they are to run in. I have a medium to high arch and figured they wouldn't feel great on longer runs but I was wrong. I also thought they would slip around because they didn't have the teva toes but they have a great wrap design that keeps them comfortably snug to the foot. You can feel pointer rocks a bit which takes a little more care in your trail running but the lightness and grip is very liberating. I'm starting to wear them everywhere because they feel so good. Orange is a great shoe for Giants fans.
Redwood City, CA
Close to a perfect crossfit shoe
I've had these shoes for about a few weeks and actually bought them as a temporary replacement for my 5Fingers after a broken bone in my foot caused me to be in a boot for about a month. The break required buddy taping my 3rd/4th/5th toes and I'm very active so I did a little research and decided on these over other brands based on recommendations I read and man were they spot on.
I'm a big guy. I'm 6'8 and 265 and on an MMA hiatus. I'm new to crossfit and I have a pretty vigorous gym routine that combines a lot of different training. I run, but I'm not a "runner". I used to hate running bc of hip discomfort and lower back pain and quickly realized the heel of "running shoes" caused me to heel strike. The 5Fingers eliminated all of that discomfort by correcting my gait and getting me on my toes. This shoe has only carried that over. The 4mm drop is only noticable when you need it. I can run several miles on the road or 5 or 6 on trails with absolutely no problem. They're light, the most breathable shoe I've ever owned, and they feel more like socks bc I've forgotten I had them on several times.
Crossfit has been the most impressive venue for these shoes to me though. The shoes perform remarkably well with squats, cleans, lunges, box jumps as the 4mm heel provides just a little bit of solid surface you need to bear your weight in the heels. The stability is superb in that the shoe is flat and solid. There's no extra padding to shift when you're bearing heavy weights and the surface is a little wider than your heel which I prefer after having lifted, and enjoying doing so, in my 5Fingers.
These shoes are very stylish as well. I wear them to work, out and about with Khakis or "basketball shorts", and to the gym as a functional aid. You don't get harrassed like you do with the "toe shoes" by everyone gawking over your new found functionality lol. I'll likely pick some of the leather ones up as well to wear with jeans once that season rolls around.
My only small gripe would be I have a very wide foot and the shoe is just a smidge tight. It has stretched a little and is not uncomfortable by any means. Just a little narrow at the base of the toe box.
For anyone looking for a new minimalist shoe, looking to transition, looking for a very functional gym/trail shoe, or looking to make the transition to minimalist running I would HIGHLY recommend you give this shoe a try. I bought it at the NB store and they said if I didn't like it to save the box and receipt and bring it back in a week or 2. The next day I threw everything away bc I knew this was the best and most functional "exercise" shoe I had ever found. It's so versatile it's even become a work shoe and an around town shoe replacing most of the needs for my 5Fingers.
Like a Ninja Strumming a Guitar..AWESOME
Great shoes, I bought these to try and dip my toe in the minimalist running Kool-Aid. I routinely do my 6-8 mile trail runs in the Minimus with only a little soreness in my forefoot. That probably has a little more to do with me being over 200 lbs and the trail is pretty rocky. I would definitely buy another pair.
Harker Heights, TX
Nice looking, but too narrow in forefoot
I really want to keep these shoes, but they just don't fit my feet right. The support strap in on the forefoot area is too tight and causes pain on the outside of both feet. I have been wearing Merrell Trail/Tough Gloves for months and find them to fit far better, though they have zero heel drop. The Minimus are awesome looking shoes and appear well constructed. I still recommend them and would certainly keep them around if it weren't for the pain. If you find a similar issue then give the Merrells a try.
Very comfy shoe right out of the box!
All right since I just received these shoes, I can't say much about the durability or feel while running. Right out of the box, however, they are very comfortable and lightweight. New Balance figured out a way to add a slight insole which actually provides a decent amount of cushion considering the type of shoe it is. The upper's interior is smooth and comfortable against the foot as well.
My biggest problem was determining what size to order. I searched high and low trying to find reviews that talked a little about fit in comparison to other running shoes, but found nothing. Here is my contribution to help others wondering the same thing: I wear a size 12 in Brooks PureFlow and Ghost 3 and have about a thumb's width between my big toe and the end of the shoe. I went ahead and ordered a size 12 in these and it proved to be a good bet. These shoes fit like a glove. Barefoot I have about 1/2 a thumbs width from my big toe to the end of the shoe. I do have some thin socks I could probably squeeze in there, but I'd be willing to bet New Balance designed these to be worn barefoot. I ordered a 'D' width, which fits my average width foot well. The strap across the forefoot is much more snug than the rest of the toe box, but it does an excellent job of keeping your foot in place.
Overall, thus far, I am extremely satisfied with my selection and would recommend it to anyone looking for a good looking (grey and lime looks really good in my opinion), comfortable, and capable running/trail shoe.
Great show, just not for me
I wanted to like them, I really did. Ordered my usual NB size, turned out to be too tight. Replaced them with a half size larger, fit great if it wasn't for my second toe being longer than my big toe. Loved running in them, but walking around in them started to hurt. Awesome minimalist trail shoe, just not designed for my feet.
Fort Irwin, CA
Awesome high performing shoe!
I am an avid athlete who splits time between aggressive strength training, trail running, road running and martial arts. Historically I ran in a stability shoe, but have gradually made the transition to running in a neutral shoe with inserts - much to my shins' delight. This shoe is a little too minimal for me to feel comfortable banging out long miles, and putting an orthotic in it would pretty much defeat the purpose of the shoe. I think of it as a sock on steroids more than a shoe. It slips on/off easily without tying/untying, and is as comfortable as any shoes I have worn. In fact, my first pair turned into everyday shoes to wear with jeans, so I had to pick up a second pair in the other color...
I use the shoe in the gym as a training shoe, and I have never had a better shoe for the purpose. The flat footbed makes it ideal for squats, deadlifts and lunges. The flexibility of shoe allows full movement of the foot and toes, adding a sensitivity and balance element not present when wearing traditional cross training shoes. It really forces you to engage all the muscles of the foot and calf, adding a complexity to balance drills that lets you know it is working. The shoe excels at speed and agility applications - agility ladder, jump rope, and plyometrics circuits.
I usually wear a 2E and found this shoe a bit tight and a bit small. I bought a 1/2 size up and that solved the problem. In a nutshell - I will buy and wear these shoes as long as they continue to make them, and I look forward to future generations of the line with more variants
San Jose, CA
I never had a pair of New Balance until I bought these, and I was skeptical of the brand and the minimalist design. However the more I wore them, the more I liked them, and presently they are my first choice for both trail running and daily wear. They fit like a reinforced sock, and the light weight really is noticible. Wearing these, foot strike is not the same as when running in standard trail shoes, again--noticible but not hard to get use to. These shoes are not perfect, they wear out fast and the outer sole doesn't have enough grip. Lugs also may separate from the midlsole after hard use. Superglue or Shoe goo fixes that. Thing is, there's no free lunch, and the price of ultralight design is less durability. Bottom line is that the basic design and construction are both excellent. After having them on for a short time, I never think of them again--that's the mark of a good fitting shoe that's doing its job.
Now these shoes are being phase out by New Balance. It will be hard to improve them.
Well, they're not perfect. Traction on rocks is not that great, and the outsole is wearing quickly (tried to delay this with shoe goo). But other than that, it's just a remarkable shoe. I bought it for the light weight, and light it is. But NB manages to build in some stability. Reinforcement is downright clever, lots of support with very little material. And they are comfortable, I have ended up wearing them for my every-day shoes. You will, most likely need a good pair of inserts or orthotics with these, and that adds a little to the weight and maybe more than a little to the price. But for me, these shoes are keepers.
I love this shoe!
I'm a combatives trainer and I do a of linear, lateral, and circular footwork. It's always stop and go with quick bursts and my shoes have to take it and stay on my feet at the same time. The soles are built into the shoe so I don't need to worry about them slipping from side to side when my feet shift. They are light weight and very minimalist which provide for better feel of my terrain. I can't express enough how much I enjoy these shoes. I highly recommend them!
Koki the Combatant
Newbury Park, CA
Loved it despite my feet
I typically run 25-30miles a week and have been using the Nike Free for a year and a half. I got tired of pulling rocks out of my shoes and I wanted a more rugged fit. I love how these shoes give me a better grip on the trails with my only complaint being once I get over six miles in a run my feet start to hurt and I feel every pebble. I'm chalking that up to needing to toughen up my feet since switching over to this shoe. I have really enjoyed my first few trail runs.
Have to Wait
These are super light weight, was looking forward to getting out on the trails with today, however it's off to the post office to exchange. I am generally a 10 in most shoes, have learned I need a half size up for distance (learned the hard way), so I ordered a 10.5... these were way too tight. I actually went up to an 11.5 in these to leave room, these run MUCH smaller than a normal shoe.
New Haven, Ct
Great for me!
I have always been wary of my shoe type given my flat feet, 220+# frame, and frequent bouts with Tendinitis. I was intrigued when I started reading about "minimalist" shoes so I decided to give these a try. I have been using them for over 3 months now and I convinced that they are better for me than any running shoe I have had before.
Love these shoes
I do crossfit and I love using these shoes. I run, perform olympic style lifting, powerlifting, jump boxes, climb rope, calisthenics, and kettlebell exercises with these shoes. I've even used them hiking in the rain forest of Puerto Rico. If you are going to run long distance with these shoes and have never used a minimalist shoe before, make sure you learn to run properly and take your time.
Seldom have I been surprised by a shoe
This is my first minimalist shoe, and my impression has been WOW! I am recovering from 2 ACL reconstructions. Finally I have found a good training shoe, which goes where I go, and I actually feel it work. I am a convert to natural running, but now I feel off-balance when I run in "cushioned" shoes. Usually run <=10K.
Best shoe ever!
This is by far the most comfortable shoe I have ever worn! I never write reviews, so the fact that I wrote one about this shoe is a testament to what I think of it! I use them primarily in the gym setting. They are great for dynamic and functional training! I cannot wait to purchase another pair!!!
Took a chance....paid off
This shoe was originally purchased for a canoe trip. The first time I wore them I was addicted. They are the most comfortable shoes I have. Wear them to workout, run, run errands etc. I'd recommend them to anyone. I actually have two pair now!
These helped a lot.
I started running last year and in normal shoes the bottom of my feet would hurt. After I switched to these the pain stopped.
The only issue I have with them is that they don't come in wide sizes.
Order one size up
I purchased these shoes for casual wear. Not the best shoe for that. There is almost no cushioning. The shoes were small/short. I'm estimating the size 12s I ordered were the size of 11s.
Minimus 10 Trail
Although probably not for everyone, these minimalist shoes are one of my favorites. recommend running without socks but are ok with super thin socks.
Mine have the waterproof shell. Using them in winter conditions at ski area. No insulating, but keep my feet dry. I will buy more of these shoes.
Mammoth Lakes, CA
Favorite minimal shoes
Favorite minimal shoes. I have Nike free runs and Brooks PureFlows and these are by far the most comfortable and highest performance minimalists that I have.
I am loving the Minimus!
I'm a mid-mileage runner. 15-25 mile per week, and do some trail running... They took a little getting used to, but you couldn't get them away fro me now!
Black Hills of Wyoming
Very comfortable right out of the box. No break-in required.
NB just needs to add more color schemes.
I would buy these again!!
IRB, FL 33785
love the shoes
I'm not a regular long distance runner. I love the shoes for short runs, sprints, working out, and walking.
Mens New Balance Minimus 10 Trail Trail Running Shoe
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