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Amazing Shoe but short life-span
on May 24, 2013
First off I have been using minimalist running shoes (Vibram Five Fingers) for about a year before I purchased these shoes. They feel amazing! True to size, extremely light weight, and have more cushion than the Five Fingers. Unlike the Five Fingers though, I wear lightweight socks with the Minimus. I chose the trail zeros over the road zeros solely based on fit. The toe box was too wide on the roads for me. I wear an 11 D and the trails fit like a glove.
I only use these shoes for running and crossfit exercises. The most I have ran in these shoes at one time has been 7 miles but im sure they would hold up fine for longer distances.These are amazing to lift in as well. Being low to the ground, you really feel balanced and stable when doing deadlifts, medium weight thrusters, snatches, cleans, jerks, kettlebell swings and any variation of squats. These shoes are my go-to shoes for 80% of the time for crossfit. I only switch it up to lift heavy. Be careful when rope climbing, these will tear easily. These have been my favorite workout shoes to date.
Ok, now the down side. I have had to replace these shoes about every 4-5 months because the material just doesn't hold up. I have had the shoelace eyelets and tongue tear, but the soft outsole material was wearing down pretty quick when only running on asphalt as I do. I have notified New Balance of this when they were replacing a pair free of charge.
The only reason i cannot give 5 stars is the longevity. It gets expensive to replace shoes 3x a year. With that said, I'm currently on my third pair which says a lot about how much i love the shoe. I have nothing but good things to say about New Balance and their customer service.