Building on the intentionally leaked (by New Balance PR), ultra-close-up photos of the upcoming 2012 New Balance NB Minimus (Trail) we saw a few weeks back comes new photos of the entire Minimus Zero Trail and Road shoes from a BirthdayShoes reader from China. Said reader alerted me to a Chinese website that appears to have photos of the upcoming New Balance NB Minimus Zero (Zero-Drop) Trail and Road running shoes.
Above in the collage are official images of the NB Minimus Zero Trail — at least, that's our guess that it's the Minimus Zero Trail. Now, take a look at these images from China and see if they don't match up:
Pretty major reduction in the "Vibram" part of the NB Minimus Zero Trail as opposed to what we got with the first NB Minimus Trail. This likely reduces the weight a great deal while also improving the sole flexibility.
And of course, they look zeroed out from heel to toe. Anything else stand out in these photos to you?
Now, take a look at these New Balance NB Minimus Zero Road (so we're guessing!) photos:
These Minimus Zeroes look considerably more "minimalist" compared to the first iteration of the NB Minimus Road.
All in all, some pretty loud and proud color schemes. Who knows if these are official (though the firey orange/red with white Vibram soles seem official enough given the prior photo leaks).
What do you think?te! Video!
Check out around the 1:15 mark for the NB Minimus Zero Trail: