- 50% Synthetic, 50% Mesh
- Rubber sole
- Shaft measures approximately low-top from arch
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Attack the trails in the Minimus Trail 10v1. Dynamic new upper materials and a Vibram outsole with strategically placed flex grooves create a natural ride without sacrificing durability. Treat your run to unparalleled off-road performance.
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- Department: Mens
- Manufacturer: New Balance
- Product Dimensions: 10 x 15 x 6 inches
- ASIN: B07RMLTKMQ
- Item model number: MT10BM
- Date First Available: May 8, 2019
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Some background of my running style: I mostly run on trails, single-track that is fairly well used and packed down quite well, but there are also lots of rocks and tree roots that I have to negotiate as well. I focus on up-hill running to lessen my impact on my joints as well. Needless to say, these shoes have required me to have an acclimation process that is several months in the making. I run both weekend days for up to two-hour stretches and then my feet 'recover' during the week when I wear sneakers and traditional shoes.
Now for what I have experienced: I have learned that, for the $120 price of a pair of running shoes, I can achieve a running/training experience that is phenomenal. I did mention that its been several months of acclimation, but that is not to say that there has not been a steady appreciation of benefit from running/exercising like this: my feet and lower legs are transforming. I can 'feel' and grip my feet in ways I wasn't aware I could do previously. My calves and lower legs have gotten substantially stronger. I know from years of training with weights, that the body likes to 'even-out' developments in strength in the extremities of the body such that this 'strength' travels to other areas of the body as well: the hands, the lower back, etc, even up into the face and everywhere get affected.
Speaking of lower back, that is something I have experienced positive results with from running with these shoes: these shoes force you to not 'heel strike' when you run. You simply can't do it for any length of time, the feedback, in terms of shock to the joints and the whole body is too much... you will be forced to shorten your stride, slow down, and focus on landing on the front of your foot first, then rolling to a light landing on your heel. This really activates the 'shock absorption' effect of running this way and converts running from a jarring, high-impact experience to a smoother, more agile, low-impact experience.
I can say for a fact that my lower back feels just as good as it does when I get out of the car to start my two-hour trail run as it does when I get back and finish. That, to me, is nothing short of amazing. Now the bottoms of the fronts of my feet do take a beating, but I really do feel that I am activating an almost primordial system of moving that possibly our ancient ancestors did when they ran for traveling, escaping, hunting, etc. IMHO, I am starting to see how the Temaharu Indians in the southwest of the United States can run barefoot for hundreds of miles.
With these running shoes and the persistence and diligence needed to keep the acclimatization process moving forward, I believe, again IMHO, that one can appreciate a whole new level of appreciation for running as a form of fitness and not a chore that is rife with potential injuries. In fact, the only real 'injury' I have experienced over the past 4-5 months of consistently running hours at a time on both weekend days, even over chunky rocks, tree roots and other obstacles, has been from taking off in some weird way that i am not even sure of how I did.... in my traditional sneakers during a lunch break during the work-week!
I would say try these shoes out and ... get the right mind set for using them. They do not make you a lightning-fast/injury free running phenom you never-knew-you-were in a few days , or even a few weeks. It takes time. Pace yourself. DO NOT go for a 5k run right out of the box with these, you will probably suffer so much that you will throw the 'baby out with the bathwater.' Build up your ability to run in these shoes with proper form and breathing ... and go slower, shorten your stride, with the goal of long-term improvement. Remember, especially if new to the barefoot/minimal experience, you have probably been walking and moving in overly cushioned shoes and sneakers your entire life.. it takes time for this skill and ability to awaken. Give yourself that gift, and I think you will be amazed.
Would reccomend and would buy again. Will include "post-mortem" photos of 750 miles of trail life
I "fixed" my shoes simply but cutting this strap, which can easily done with scissors by snipping on either side where the strap attaches to the sole. Now I can properly widen them to fit my feet.
So this time around I read all the warnings about the shoe running small, so I went up to a 14. They were long enough (maybe even a bit too long) but far too narrow--I could barely walk in them, much less run. So I exchanged them for 14 XW, which are still too narrow for comfort and have not improved with breaking in. So due to NB's drastic, inexplicable shrinking of its sizes, I'm out $120 and looking for some other brand to replace my perfect but worn-out old Minimus shoes,. A very disappointing and expensive experience.
1. the waterproof toe cover wraps higher around the toe box
2. their colors aren't so clown like
3. the upgrade rubber and elastic bands are a higher quality
and lastly the inside is still supper soft and you do not need socks.
although I am a big fan of the brand Darn Tough and wear their socks as not to stink up my favorite shoes!
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HOWEVER, I love the shoes - according to my Runtastic app I have done almost 2,000 miles in the last pair before they totally wore out. They are hopeless in the wet because the thin sole and fabric sides gets your feet wet in the shallowest puddles, but when they get dirty/smelly I simply put them in the washing machine I should point out that these are NOT your classic road running trainers - they have no cushioning and if you run with your weight hitting the heel of your shoes first you'll find these painful and maybe even damage your knees. Read up on running long distances on your toes.
Picture: yellow = new UK size 10s Green = old size 9s
Fit like a glove - no uncomfortable feeling from the arch or elsewhere. The smaller size were too tight around the sides so I wanted to avoid that. Seems to be enough room around the toebox although not as much as Merrell Trail Gloves which are more a true barefoot shoe so that's understandable.
They look great - bar the laces which are far too long for some reason.
So good I have ordered another pair, because these were like hen's teeth for years and I don't suspect they'll hang around for long, especially at £65 a pair.
However I always go 1 size bigger than my normal shoe size, as I find they are always run on the small size.
I'm on my 3rd pair, and I run without any socks, but please realise they end up very smelly!
They're very comfortable and the soles wear well, with excellent grip.
I find I don't get any knee joint or leg pain wearing these, the only thing is that if you are swapping from normal trainers with thick soles, it takes a few goes to get use to the less cushioning effect with these, but once you get over this, you won't want to go back to heavy trainers!
Nonetheless, I found the shoes very uncomfortable walking or running on a perfectly flat road (tarmac).