- Biggest development is that both Road and Trial Zeros are zero-dropped having no differential in stack height at the heel to the forefoot/ball of the foot (the original Minimus shoes all had a 4mm drop). Total stack height is about 10mm.
- The Minimus Trail Zeros are insanely light (less than 5 oz for the men’s) with a welded upper that is basically a thin piece of unique fabric (read all about it in the review) that breathes very well, provides structure to the shoe, and is somewhat translucent. The sole of the Trail Zeros is a cored out foam with pods and only the slightest bit of Vibram rubber capping the spots most in contact with the ground.
- The Minimus Road Zeros are also super light but have a flat foam base with a Vibram rubber specialized outsole. The upper materials of the Road Zero make it about 50% heavier than the Trail Zeros, but that’s still < 7 oz. The upper is super soft and seamless to the barefoot. Both Road and Trail Zeros are available in wide varietals, though the Road Zeros only go to 2E and the sole is the same in both D and 2E; the Trail Zeros are available in D and 4E and the sole of the 4E is actually larger (see the linked reviews for more).
For all of you eagerly awaiting the first “zero drop,” neutral-from-heel-to-toe minimalist/barefoot running shoes to arrive from New Balance, I’m happy to announce that the NB Minimus Zero Road (MR00 and WR00) and NB Minimus Zero Trail (MT00 or WT00) have been released for sale — you can find both for $110 over at ShopNewBalance.com, and word on the street is that they are starting to show up in your local running store, too. Oh and we have a few (four!) Minimus giveaway winners … you’ll have to read to the bottom to find out if you won! If you’re an online shopper, you can grab the Zeros over at ShopNewBalance.com via these links: a group, three-way review of both Trail and Road Zeros and covered the Road Zeros in wide (2E) and Trail Zeros in wide (4E). If you’ve been living under a pair of old Nike Frees and this is the first you’re hearing of the new Minimus Zeros, here’s a quick overview: