Comment from: Vitor [Visitor]
Vitor

I really want those. I truly think that my Zero Trail is the best shoes ever, they are so comfortable, light and flexible, way better than FiveFingers since they don't demand perfect toe for toe fit and also lack the annoying arch pressure that the Fivefinger models have.

I'm not a runner, but a guy who likes to walk and ride my bike effortlessly, and the Zero Trail with their super thin and light sole is the perfect shoe for riding a bike, really, it protects the feet but doesn't get in the way of the force transfer to the pedals.

So yeah, to think those are even lighter than the ZT, they surely are a must have.

04/25/13 @ 12:41
Comment from: Joel Malley [Visitor]
Joel Malley

Sounds good but $120? I am confused at why minimalist shoes -- made of less stuff and made more ugly cost so much $. I am a VFF devotee love my Luna Sandals but the price of some of the stuff I see on here defy reason. These should cost $60.

04/25/13 @ 13:05
Comment from: Jason Jantzen [Visitor]
Jason Jantzen

Any shoe that dainty doesn't seem durable enough for crossfit workouts. I've been anxious to see this shoe come to market, so likewise I'm curious how durable you think it might be over the course of 5 or 600 miles, or even crossfit.

04/25/13 @ 13:21
Comment from: Brian Hazard [Visitor]
Brian Hazard

Looks like you've got a lot of extra space in front! How would you compare this with the Vapor Glove? I'm intrigued but not sure I can justify the expense.

04/25/13 @ 13:46
Comment from: Jasmine W. [Visitor]
Jasmine W.

I'm with Joel M on this. I just picked up a pair of Signas as casual kicks at REI for $80. Those are pretty light for VFFs and use less rubber in the sole than the others I own (Bikila, KSO), and I feel the pricing reflects the amt of material used.

Don't get me wrong, I'd love to take the HI-REZ for a spin (plus they look sweet!), and would _probably_ love them (I own the original trails), but I would not pay $120 for a pair of minimalist shoes. Even coming in at $100 is much more palatable, and at least consistent with previous Minimus offerings, than $120.

04/25/13 @ 14:00
Comment from: Dave [Visitor]
Dave

How would you rate durability of the upper? I had the Minimus Trail Zero and loved everything about that shoe, minus the upper ripping in the toe box within two months of use. Thanks for the review!

04/25/13 @ 14:32
Comment from: Dustin [Visitor]
Dustin

I went to the store to try them on, and they even had a New Balance rep there. The shoes just couldn't fit me. I usually wear 11 like a 44 with Vibrams, my arc is apparently too much though and my foot too wide because the Hi-Rez wouldn't fit, even a 12.

Maybe when they get wider options I'll try them again but I keep having problems with the top of my foot, the pressure on it in some shoes is too much.

04/25/13 @ 23:45
Comment from: John [Visitor]
John

Meh, I'm not sure if it's a better choice than the Merrell Vapor Glove, which are $40 less. Dew from wet grass being able to seep through the bottom sounds pretty annoying.

04/26/13 @ 00:07
Comment from: Asle [Visitor]
Asle

Compared to the Vapor Gloves these look very similar. But with more stack height and lighter weight. The Vibram sole on the Vapor Glove adds to the weight. Which in turn makes Merrells barefoot shoes last forever. I can not wear out my Trail Gloves! At $80 and probably longer wear I think the Vapor Gloves are a better deal. But then I have not tried the Hi-Rez.

04/26/13 @ 03:25
Comment from: Michael [Visitor]
Michael

Went out and grabbed a pair of these last night and they're going back to the store tomorrow.

The lack of different widths meant that I had to go half a size up. They were comfy in the store but they fit much less snug when I started running in them. The laces also came undone close to the end of my run which was very annoying (and I had tied them tightly).

Ran around some walkers through wet grass/mud that I didn't know was there and it all instantly went through the shoes. They dried fast but that doesn't happen with other minimalist shoes. My feet were caked in mud at the end of my run.

The worst thing were the stitches and sharp edges on the inside that kept digging into the top of my feet and eventually scraped off some skin. Before you buy these run your fingers along the inside of the shoe where the eyelets are and you'll feel some unnecessarily sharp edges that made running very uncomfortable.

Definitely not worth the price.

04/26/13 @ 17:35
Comment from: Beau Randall [Visitor]
Beau Randall

Just thought I'd put it out there regarding price - runningwarehouse (who regularly offers discounts from msrp) will have these in mid-March.

04/26/13 @ 21:46
Comment from: SLLee [Visitor]  
SLLee

The honeycomb design looks suspiciously Evo I and Evo II like... (of Vivobarefoot). Love the orange, though.

04/27/13 @ 17:08
Comment from: Steve [Visitor]
Steve

With this price, I can buy almost two altra Samson or three altra adam.

04/28/13 @ 18:34
Comment from: ACC [Visitor]
ACC

The second flaw of VFF is water resistance (besides the awkwardness when people ask you about the toes)... and this is worse in that regard. Also, the colors leave a lot to be desired. The Minimus zero at least came in black.

It's also priced at luxury levels (100+) and unlike Vivobarefoot stuff they aren't that small of a company so I can't imagine tooling and the workers to be more expensive.

04/30/13 @ 12:44
Comment from: Nyah [Visitor]
Nyah

"Also, the material used to hold the hexagonal pads together in the sole provides no waterproofing whatsoever, so even dew from wet grass can seep in through the bottom."

Makes me wonder why anyone would want this shoe. You can already risk getting wet feet, for a lot less money, by going barefoot. A shoe should serve a purpose.

05/01/13 @ 10:36
Comment from: tim [Member]  

@Brian--sorry, I don't have any experience with the Vapor Glove. Anyone??

@Jason--durability is tough to tell. I think they'd make a great platform for crossfit though.

@Dave--the upper seems tough enough for road running. You might want to rethink you choice if you plan on putting them through serious trail running though...

05/01/13 @ 20:54
Comment from: Jim Philips [Visitor]
Jim Philips

I was able to try these and the Merrell Vapor Gloves this afternoon. First the Vapor Gloves: I had reservations from what I felt in the store. The tongue and laces were digging at my foot and the sole seemed too stiff for me. The Hi-Rez? They felt like a dream!! I am big on a flexible sole, so my foot can flex whichever way it needs to and these do that better than any other shoe I have tried. These are the best compromise I can imagine between cushioning and flexibility. I'm not worried about the possibility of water seeping in. I rarely hit a puddle out on the road. I also think they're priced way too high. But these are a breakthrough design in my view,

05/05/13 @ 18:40
Comment from: Doug Fick [Visitor]
Doug Fick

I've been running in the hi-rez for three weeks now in what seems to be the final step in my process of changing to minimalist running. I had been running on the minimus trail shoes for the last 5 months and though it took a couple of weeks to get used to the Hi-Rez, I have grown to love them. The amount of ground feel is truly amazing and has improved my running form immensely. I like running in them without socks especially since the morning dew will get your feet wet in them. I am 50 years old and have been a runner for 33 years and have never felt better running than in these shoes. For me, they have been well worth the money

05/09/13 @ 15:23
Comment from: Vincent Bernard Law [Visitor]
Vincent Bernard Law

I find the toebox way too narrow and I don't have exceptionaly wide feet. Maybe I'm just too used to having all that movement running in VFFs that regular closed toe shoes feel restrictive.

Hope not though. I don't want to be dspendant on any particular kind of shoes or brands.

Does everyone else really find the hi-rez toebox to be sufficiently wide and comfortable as stated in the article?

05/10/13 @ 15:26
Comment from: Pablo Jones [Visitor]
Pablo Jones

I just tried them on in store today & also feel the toe box is too narrow. I have medium/ normal width feet. I tried a half size up from normal & my toes could splay more but there was too much room from front to back. Otherwise pretty comfrtable. TOO comfortable. DOes anyone know stack height? I get annoyed at shoe companies that spend all this time & $$$ on R&D for barefoot shoes and they FORGET or NEGLECT a properly wide toe box (it's simple guys, put your dang foot on a piece of paper and splay your toes. Now TRACE it. Also I can't get behind any barefoot shoes over 6mm stack height!! Ughhh back to the drawing board NB

05/21/13 @ 06:58
Comment from: Dylan [Visitor]
Dylan

I don't quite understand the fuss and complaint about these shoes. You don't pay for the amount of material. All the material added together of the shoe probably costs less than $10. One pays for the research and the rights of the patented process. They spent millions on the design of this shoe and they feel absolutely amazing. Think of it this way: do you pay for the amount of material in a Buggatti Veyron (don't think so).
Not everyone has $120 but then again we are not all super athletes. Note that these shoes will likely be seasonal as the EVA won't last very long nor will the individual polygons-I can already feel the eva compress and the front polygons rip loose.
They are intended to be more for a raceday option and in my opinion, the Vibram Seeya is the better option if you have they right form. I do prefer these for downhills though!

06/01/13 @ 04:17
Comment from: robb. [Visitor]
robb.

what i love: the sole. the ground feel is both very detailed, but the landing is so soft. the hexagonal pods are a revelation and the first sole that address feel and softness and doesn't seem to sacrifice one for the other.
what didn't work at all for me: the width. i've tried on a lot of minimus shoes since they came out, and only last year's trail zero in 4E is wide enough. i thought the fantom fit would be forgiving enough, but there is simply not enough volume for my feet. at every landing the upper stretched across my feet and at every takeoff the structural material at the base of the laces rubbed against the top of my foot, leaving raw, bloody spots on both feet on a nearly 5 mile run.
i will be returning these and hoping against hope that NB starts offering their best shoes in wider variants. there is so much to love about these shoes that returning them for fit is regrettable, to say the least.

06/17/13 @ 11:43
Comment from: Jason [Visitor]
Jason

There seem to be a lot of misconceptions towards proper fit of footwear. I don't pretend to know anything more than the Brannock guy, but if you get your shoes fitted according to one of those devices, the flex point of the shoe should sit right under the flex point of your foot. So if you stand on a Brannock device and come out a size 11, there's another measurement on there that shows where the flex point is on your foot and what the equivalent shoe size would be. I've always picked out something between 10 and 11 since the 8th grade, but recently discovered how much more comfortable I am in a size 11.5 and sometimes 12 depending on the shoe. I TOO also considered myself to have wide feet, but all that went away when I discovered the sizing thing. Try going up a size, maybe size and a half. You never know, considering the drastic variation in shoe design we live with nowadays.

06/17/13 @ 14:04
Comment from: Jon [Visitor]
Jon

As previously stated by just about everyone, these shoes do feel AMAZING. The pods on the bottom took about 15 minutes of wearing around the house to get used to, and then I never noticed them again. That is, until about 100 miles of hard trail running later, when they started to tear off. This happened on both shoes, so I exchanged them with new balance for a new pair (for free, even though they were heavily worn! talk about customer service). Unfortunately, this doesn't seem to be a fluke, as the second pair has begun to tear again. It's a little disappointing that they tear so quickly considering the price tag. Hopefully in the future they will release a trail version, as these have an excellent ground feel and fit. So overall, an excellent shoe for road use but could they need to be a little bit more durable for trail use.

08/09/13 @ 21:16
Comment from: raweseus [Visitor]
raweseus

I love these shoes, but I had to swap out the laces for elastic ones, the standard laces restricted my windlass mechanism too much.

11/03/13 @ 03:31
Comment from: Eric [Visitor]  
Eric

I just picked up a pair at amazon for $51.25

11/30/13 @ 11:08
Comment from: volcanodweller [Visitor]
volcanodweller

I adore these shoes! THE most comfortable shoes I've ever worn. I use them for CrossFit and very light, infrequent runs, never with socks. I also love my several pair of FiveFingers, but was looking for a shoe I could jump rope in without getting the rope caught between my toes. The Merrell Crush Gloves I tried are scratchy in the upper and not nearly as comfortable or as flexible as the NB Hi-Rez. I haven't tried the Merrell Vapor Gloves, but would like to be able to compare them to the Hi-Rez, although from the reviews, it seems like the Hi-Rez would reign supreme in comfort. The picture at the top of this article in which one of the shoes is rolled up inside the other is most revealing of what to expect from their flexibility. As another reviewer mentioned, the pods are barely discernible, until one of them began to tear and begin dragging slightly during infrequent forward scuffing motion along the ground. Despite this minimal, mostly unnoticeable shearing, I have continued wearing these shoes for several months without further disintegration of the pods, surprisingly, and I'm so enamored with their fit that I would unhesitatingly repurchase them--they're that comfortable. This ready pod shearing may be a showstopper for some, however. I hope New Balance continues to offer these or a shoe of equal comfort in their lineup, as they're a huge winner in my opinion. I found the sizing to be accurate, with none of the toe box pinching or tightness I've had from other running shoes.

05/11/14 @ 23:12
Comment from: Charles [Visitor]
Charles

I'm curious if these shoes are similar to the saucony hattori? Ran out of my stock pile and need a replacement any feed back would be great.
Thanks

08/05/14 @ 13:09