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A minimalist style that doesn't sacrifice support, the New Balance® 101 men's running shoe is crafted using a lightweight blend of mesh and synthetic materials. Its rubber outsole provides durability and dynamic traction on tricky surfaces.
- Product Dimensions: 14.1 x 14 x 6.4 inches
- ASIN: B005K0MU5S
- Date first available at Amazon.com: November 5, 2010
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Top Customer Reviews
-The only real concern I've had with these are the way the shoe curves inward, seems to rub my pinky toe, especially on longer runs. For me it hasn't been anything thats rubbed raw or anything, but I have noticed little callouses forming on my pinky toes.
-Not that its a big deal, but I'm not a big fan of the special laces that are supposed to help your shoes from coming untied. They only seem to work when I'm trying to actually untie them! :)
-When I wear these on the roads, I definitely feel it in my calves more the next day than on the trails or with more of a road shoe on the road.Read more ›
Compared to my old pairs, my feet never really felt battered after running on mt101's on trails, no heelstrikes nor overstriding. My feet are landing at the right, natural spots - the forefoot to midfoot.
The design is wicked, I had never seen a shoe that immitates the color of a green beetle.
Anton and NB really nailed it with this one.
I exclusively run off road but I've always worn road shoes because I do not like stiff and bulky trail shoes, however every time I hit a root or rock funny I wished I had a more protective shoe on. The rock plate in the forefoot of the MT101 is amazing, I do not see how they can make a shoe this flexible and light while still protecting my feet from pointy objects. In the padding department the 101s barely felt any different from my Brooks Ghost (sounds ridiculous, but that's what I felt). I found I needed to lace these shoes up a bit tighter than I normally do, I suspect this is because they offer very little structure of a typical running shoe. I recommend keeping the milage low at first, my ankles were a bit tender the first two weeks while I built my up my strength, the soles of my feet however never felt sore. The outsole rubber is pretty tough and after 250 miles I can barely see any wear. My only complaint is that they are a bit narrow and they rub the outside of my pinky toes, this is a common complaint and three of my friends with this shoe have the same problem. I chopped off some of the green plastic on either side of the toe box and this helped out a little and did not compromise the durability of the shoe.Read more ›
Then came the mt101. For my particular feet and gait, these are the holy grail of running shoes. Even when running in cushy shoes, I tend not to heel strike. I almost always run on the toes of my feet. The mt101s (like the Fivefingers) seem to be designed to aid in this style of (natural) running. They perform outstandingly well on the trail. They handle rocks and other trail obstacles like a champ. They have a very flat "low profile" bottom which interferes very little with the innate mechanics of running. After all we've evolved over much of our existence as humans on this planet to run with no shoes at all. The mt101s allow that natural stride to happen unimpeded.
Finally they are both light and they breathe extremely well making them ideal for long runs through the woods.
So far I've had these shoes for over a month and have logged countless miles in them. I've taken to wearing them not just on the trail, but *everywhere*. They're excellent walking shoes (they also look nice paired with casual clothes like jeans and a t-shirt). The other shoes that I own continue to gather dust in the closet.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
These are like slippers. I only wear them on short runs with the minimal padding but I love the feel. My feet don't like more than 10 miles in these though.Published 11 months ago by Brian Walter
BEST minimus shoe ever had. Have tried new generations but nothing is like the original MT101. Excellent for crossfit too imo. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Javier Barraza
These shoes are breathable and light weight. I use them for light hikes in warm weatherPublished 18 months ago by *James*
This is the first "minimalist" running shoe I ever tried. It fit great from day 1. I've run 1,000 km over 3 years with these shoes. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Amazon Customer
The best shoes ever!!! Wish I had bought 3 pair. Cant find them anymore :( They lasted forever. Very durable. Minimalist approved!Published on January 21, 2014 by Amazon Customer
This is not a normal new balance running shoe. It is from their barefoot lineup. They are supposed to fit differentlyPublished on December 3, 2013 by Adam
While it doesn't feel like I am barefoot, I like this shoe for focusing on my form. Wears out a little quicker than I thought.Published on August 22, 2013 by Matthew B Haynes
I wish I had bought more than one pair of this exact shoe. It is probably my most worn trail running shoe but I can't seem to find these in my size anymore. Read morePublished on February 23, 2013 by Patrick Velasco
I liked the minimalist shoes, but these wore out quicker than I was expecting. In particular the mesh in the toe region started to fall apart. Read morePublished on January 2, 2013 by Nicholas B. Davies