Comment from: .:Ash:. [Visitor]

Whew! That's a lot to take in. But, what a great first-look post! And, those photos are fantastic. I'm definitely looking forward to the release of these in a few months. Thanks!

12/05/11 @ 09:59
Comment from: Stan [Visitor]  

Hello everyone...

thanks for another great review. Can't wait to see these in stores.

Question: I've been running almost exclusively in my Inov8 Road 155's lately. How does the cushioning on these new Minimus Roads stack up against the 155? Stiffer? firmer?

While I love the 155s, I sometimes wish that it was just a touch softer underfoot.

Thanks and keep up the great work!

Stan (

12/05/11 @ 10:04
Comment from: Tyler [Visitor]

ok i have been reading your views for a little over a year now . . . by the way thank you so much. i have the new balance trail minimus in the black and yellow and from the pictures post above the new color palette for 2012 seems crazy loud. is there any talk of maybe some not so bright color choices as well

12/05/11 @ 10:58
Comment from: Bob Connor [Visitor]
Bob Connor

Do any of these new Minimus Zero models come in a wider shoe? I wear the vibram five fingers shoes pretty much every day, but I could not fit into any of the earlier Minimus models. Thanks for any input!

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

Please tell me that NB will have some more subdued color options. These colors remind me of the overly bright technicolor styles of the Vivo Barefoot. Just give me some black or dark blue colors and I am good. I wear these types of shoes for function, not to look like a circus clown.

Also, unrelated topic, but does anyone else find it interesting how Vibram FiveFingers are on sale all over the place now? Could it be that sales are down?

12/05/11 @ 12:26
Comment from: Mark [Visitor]

Justin, can you give us some weights for the mens road and trail?

12/05/11 @ 12:32
Comment from: Randall [Visitor]

Tim, I think you pretty much confirmed what I suspected would happen on the road version, but if you don't mind can you elaborate a little more? One of the biggest issues I have with almost every minimalist road shoes on the market today is that the area under the middle of the foot is too narrow for people with wide feet. This causes my foot to spill over the platform and potentially overpronate while running, which is what I've been trying to get away from with minimalist shoes. This isn't a problem with anything low to the ground like Vibrams that don't have a built up platform. Any word from NB on a wide version? How tall is the platform and how much impact does the narrow center have?


12/05/11 @ 12:37
Comment from: Aaron [Visitor]  

Great reviews. I a looking forward to buying a pair as soon as they become available in 2E or 4E. Any word on when that will be?

12/05/11 @ 13:14
Comment from: Litening [Visitor]

I like that you've put so many people's reviews in one post. Another reason to make this a Go-To website for barefoot updates.

12/05/11 @ 13:22
Comment from: [Member]


The Trail is 4.4 oz and the Road 6.4oz (men's size 9.5). Apparently the Trail is 40% lighter than the original MT10.

12/05/11 @ 14:57
Comment from: Matt [Visitor]

Any info on shoe sizes? any luck that they will come out with a 15 EE????

12/05/11 @ 16:11
Comment from: sandra [Visitor]

i would love to have the same shoes Leah is wearing...

12/05/11 @ 16:22
Comment from: Jeepman [Visitor]

Those don't look any wider than the originals. NB has been told over and over again to come out with wider widths. If they fail on this again, then they will not get my business.

12/05/11 @ 19:34
Comment from: Gabe [Visitor]

Great review, all! I want some trails.

The trail Leah is running on looks like the stuff I used to run all over when I was in the Marine Corps on Camp Pendleton. Man I miss those days...

12/05/11 @ 20:14
Comment from: FL Runner [Visitor]
FL Runner

So far I've really liked my NB Minimus Trails and I'm anticipating the zero drop which I think will better compliment my Bikilas. After reading the reviews I'm very interested in what becomes of that upper material, will it break-in? Hope to see a follow up review before they're realeased.

Thanks for the website!!

12/06/11 @ 08:45
Comment from: FL Runner [Visitor]
FL Runner

Almost forgot, for some strange reason I love my running shoes with crazy loud colors and these are right up my alley :-)

12/06/11 @ 08:46
Comment from: Ted_S [Visitor]

In September New Balance posted that the Zero would be available in 4E for men and 2E for women.

The shape of the last at the forefoot is as important as the width. NB has a variety of lasts. Some that have worked very well for me for decades have been replaced by new lasts which are poor matches to my foot shape.

12/06/11 @ 10:30
Comment from: MPeterson [Visitor]

yes! the tongue that is on the roads is going to be so nice. my scarpa climbing shoes have that attached tongue and they feel so nice. i cant wait fro these to come out.

12/06/11 @ 10:59
Comment from: Philip [Visitor]

Hello! Is the New Balance Minimus Road Zero a shoe for races 5km - half marathon?

keep up the good work!

12/08/11 @ 14:55
Comment from: Kai [Visitor]  

are they gonna make the walking minimus zero also

12/11/11 @ 00:35
Comment from: Rustyspoon [Visitor]

Still looks like they havent done much in the way of traction. Plus I hoped they would add a rock plate of some sort. I live in the white mountains NH and all the rock running and tree roots cause serious foot brusing.

12/13/11 @ 23:08
Comment from: Calvin [Visitor]

Is there an arch or is the inside of completely flat?

12/15/11 @ 01:25
Comment from: Disappointed [Visitor]

I think the color scheme is atrocious! Why can't new balance release a model that mirrors the original new balance minimus life?

12/18/11 @ 17:34
Comment from: Anthony [Visitor]  

The following 00 models have already been released here in Australia:
- MR00 (red colour)
- WR00 (white colour - they look hot!)
- WT00 (turquoise colour - super light)
- MW00 (walking - that answers your question @Kai

They are better than the pictures. The WT00 is insanely light - just waiting for the MT00 to arrive..

12/22/11 @ 00:38
Comment from: Nick Hind [Visitor]
Nick Hind

Thanks for the great coverage - look like some great new models. I've got the Minimus Life which Justin reviewed and they've been great.
Here in Australia we got a really bad range of the first gen Minimus and I had to get the Life overseas.
Just saw on the NB Australia website a new Minimus Life the MW00 and haven't seen these in any reviews or on other sites.
Surely this is not a scoop for us neglected Aussies?!!
Anyone seen/tried them?

01/01/12 @ 03:42
Comment from: Anthony [Visitor]

Hi Nick,

Believe it or not - it is absolutely a scoop for us Aussies! From what I understand, the Zero's have been released here BEFORE the US!!

I can say with absolute confidence, that they have been hugely popular in-store - up next to the Vibram FiveFingers, Inov-8 and Merrell Barefoots. There are is a local site and blog that covers this.. not sure if I can put the links in here - but search locally and you will find us (in Sydney, CBD).

01/03/12 @ 00:53
Comment from: César [Visitor]  

They look great, I just transitioned to VFF, and I love them but I am looking for something more rugged for the trails around here.

100 bucks seems to much, since I want to run a marathon, and I dont think I will be ready to fun it in my VFF, I would need to buy the minimus road, and minimus trail to be able to do it.

Or dou you think the Zero Trail could be used to sun a marthon? with that sole it seems not.

What are your opinions about this?

01/19/12 @ 21:37
Comment from: César [Visitor]  

one more question I have is:
in either the minimus trail mt10 and the minimus mt20, how should I select the sizing?

I mean should I select my normal shoe sizing? or has it to be fitted as the VFF?

Thanks in advcance!

01/20/12 @ 21:24
Comment from: César [Visitor]  

I have more question though:

what about the sizing on the minimus trail? If I order them, should I select my usual shoe size? or are they fitted like the VFF??

Thanks for any response,

01/20/12 @ 21:28
Comment from: GrimReeper [Visitor]

Cesar I believe it should be normal shoe size. It isn't as fitted as VFF's.

If anyone is interested Barefoot Athlete has these for sale if you're in the UK.

02/17/12 @ 06:15
Comment from: Jonathan Aluzas [Visitor]
Jonathan Aluzas

I'm stoked about the new line of Minimus! I love my first generation Minimus, so any improvement will be appreciated. As an owner of 2 pairs of Vibrams, too, I'm a huge fan of your site and the feedback I get about the new (and current) minimalist footwear out there. I own a fitness training center ( in Southern California, and am constantly trying to convince our clients to adopt minimalist footwear, not only for the gym, but for the trail runs we lead and the obstacle course races in which we run. Your site is a great informational resource from which we can reference useful info for our clients. Do you know if any of the companies featuring shoes that you review offer discounts to people in the fitness industry who represent their products?

02/21/12 @ 12:01
Comment from: Louis [Visitor]

Great reviews from everyone. I'm looking forward to the trail shoes but I'm a little apprehensive about the mesh upper. As it might be a little to uncomfortable for longer runs. And possibly very prone to ripping. But I guess will see.

02/22/12 @ 22:28
Comment from: Patrick [Visitor]

Would love to try the new models -- I have last year's Minimus Trail....I just wish they got a little more neutral with the colors.

02/28/12 @ 21:01
Comment from: Joe [Visitor]

I was super excited for these to come out and actually almost ordered a pair online without trying them on. I'm incredibly glad I went to the store and tried them out before purchasing. I have to say, honestly I am horrifically disappointed. They both felt and looked like they would fall apart in my hands and really felt awkward on my feet as well.

I have instead opted to go with a pair of the Merrell Trail Gloves to supplement my VFF KSO's.

Don't take this as a full blown review, as I haven't actually tried them on the road or trail. I do, however, strongly suggest trying them on before ordering.

03/24/12 @ 00:07
Comment from: Oliver [Visitor]

I've had the MT00 for about 4 weeks and have now done one hundred miles in them (including a 32 mile Yorkshire fell race). They are fantastically comfortable (only problem has been socks rubbing on the top of my toes - a first) but be aware the shoes wear very quickly. The fabric has creased and worn through on the inside of my big toes (both shoes) and a trip through heather has ripped the fabric in the arch of the left shoe. As well, the heels have worn much faster than I could have imagined (OK - maybe I'm not the world's best barefoot runner).

Not sure it makes any difference having the fabric ripped (it's so minimal that it probably doesn't make any difference having holes in it) but I'd rather it hadn't happened so quickly.

An interesting features is that water comes up through the sole because of the holes. Even wet grass will give you wet socks but the experience of snow is agonising because there is so much water moving through the shoe that it never warms up.

I bought them partly because they are so cheap compared to Inov-8s and FiveFingers (I have used both) but, given how quickly they have worn, they could be (per mile) the most expensive shoe I have every bought.

Still, I do rather like them... The weight makes it all seem worthwhile!

03/24/12 @ 13:15
Comment from: Johnny Whisky [Visitor]
Johnny Whisky

Tried on the MT10, MT00, and MR00. The strap that goes over the top of the MT10 bothered the hell out of my left foot for some reason. Also, it's supposed to have no arch support, but I felt it. MT00 was super comfortable and incredibly light. Although I didn't like the see-through fabric. MR00 was also super comfortable, too. But I didn't like the design nearly as much as the MT00. And not being so much a runner as an all-around fitness guy, I chose the MT00. I hope it doesn't tear apart on me. Going to take it out for a jog and some weight training later today.

04/04/12 @ 07:04
Comment from: David Swider [Visitor]
David Swider

I am running the first gen minimus road. They were my first considerably minimal shoes (my previous shoes were asics speedstar 5)

I am glad New Balance took the idea of the burrito style toungue. I messaged them saying they should do it for less seams and easier to build. not to mention id assume more comfortable.

04/10/12 @ 11:05
Comment from: Laury [Visitor]

Thanks for the reviews!

I have been wearing a pair of the MT00 around the house and find the creasing of the papery upper really annoying. As the shoes wear in, do you feel it and hear it less? I love the idea of a light shoe but will probably return them as it seems really distracting. Thanks for any insights!

05/07/12 @ 06:04
Comment from: Jim [Visitor]

These are the noisiest shoes I have ever worn. The new material clicks with every stride when jogging and the noise is noticeably louder when walking after a run.

After wearing out two pairs of MT100Bs these are a disappointment.

05/21/12 @ 22:48
Comment from: Laury [Visitor]

Jim - Thanks for your update and sorry about the annoying noise!

I returned mine and was questioning if I made the right decision. I think NB will figure out the right "balance," just wish it would happen tomorrow!

05/22/12 @ 11:27
Comment from: Jim [Visitor]

Same here; wish it would happen tomorrow. In the mean time I picked up some new Merrill Road Gloves and they are working pretty well; quiet, good fit and feel good.

05/22/12 @ 19:09
Comment from: Christy Faucheux [Visitor]  
Christy Faucheux

I bought s pair of WR00 (tiny size 5) snc brought them home. I hated the "support" under the arch of my foot. For whatever reason the WT00 are formed to your foot more that the WT00 on the outer sole. The roads are flat instead of curved like your arch. I hated this. My second issue was that I received a defective pair where the stitching was bulky and crooked.
So I returned them hoping for a non defective pair. My size 5 are hard to come by so my local nb store is ordering a pair for me. Against the advice of the nb manager, I got him to order the WT00 for my everyday shoe. I want a barefoot shoe, with the thinnest sole, without a weird wide toe box like vivos. I returned a pair of Vivo Neo airmesh bc the sole was too thick snd hard feeling under my foot. It was not comfortable. The trails will take a week to come in.

I also ordered a pair of five finger sprints. I had ordered a pair of these a white back, which was also defective and I had to return them. I guess it's hard to make small shoes.

Until then, can anyone suggest anything else? I want a very barefoot shoe (3-5mm) without a wide toe box. I have normal to narrow feet so the vivos were too spacious feeling for my comfort. I loved the feel of the five finger sprints when I bought them, but not sure about the feel of the toe separation. I want something to fit like a glove but maybe without the toe separation. Any suggestions? I wish the nb zero road we're curved on the bottom, but since the reviews of the zero trail are no bueno. I want my shoes to last longer than 2-3 months.

Help? Please and thank you!!

06/07/12 @ 20:14
Comment from: Jim [Visitor]

Christy - I bought a pair of NB MR00SB (road version) and I'm really liking these. I have a narrow foot and these fit well. The sole gives me more feel for what is going on underneath my feet, traction is good and they feel great without socks. I'm using these for walking, jogging on sidewalks, in the grass and on smooth dirt trails with no problems at all. I think these will be my "go to" all around shoes until a really thin and flexible sole material comes out.

06/07/12 @ 22:39
Comment from: Christy [Visitor]  

Jim, thank you so much. I think I may actually have to get both the nb road and trail zero. The only think I didn't like about the road was the way the outer sole felt under the arch of my foot. Other than that, it was like wearing a comfy silky sock. I think I will order the road show as well. Thanks!

06/07/12 @ 23:14
Comment from: michaelp [Visitor]

i was able to wear these fresh out of the box for a 9 mile trail run. no complaints. but the paper like creases people have talked about and the narrow build, along with a consistent blistering of the 2nd toe made these just an occasional trail shoe.

however, i have to say that they break in very well!! i have a 11 mile trail run coming up and have chosen these as my go-to-shoe. i'm flat footed and was worried about the tight feeling due to them being narrow, but the "paper" has simply lost all tension. just perfect, perfect, perfect. and they weight nothing.

07/11/12 @ 22:32
Comment from: Ryan [Visitor]

I love these shoes and the feel of them, but I want to point out that the mesh on the top of the foot over the toes wears quickly. I've had them about 3 months and put in several hundred miles and I've got a big hole in the mesh on the left shoe, and a smaller hole on the right. You can see it occurs where the top mesh bends as your toes bend.

It's annoying, but because I like running in them, I tolerate it. Although NB cut a lot of weight, the durability of the shoe has suffered, and it makes me consider looking at something else if I need to buy a minimalist shoe down the road. I hope NB fixes the issues with the material and durability in their next generation.

07/17/12 @ 19:48
Comment from: Drew [Visitor]  

The mesh fabric over the toes started tearing at 260 miles, partly due to the strange creasing that Justin describes. Now at 305 miles, I have six holes in the uppers, with the largest 1" long. The oversized lugs on the soles are very soft and wore down almost flat, with almost 100% trail use.

08/06/12 @ 14:39
Comment from: Fi [Visitor]

Can someone please tell me how these shoes (road) are supposed to fit? I am getting differing advice in store!

Should I go up a size from my normal dress shoe size (eg a thumb width room between my toe and the shoe) like I would in a standard running shoe, or should I look for a snug fit with just a 1/8 inch between my toe and the shoe?

I currently own VFF bikilas and take a VFF 42. They fit really well. Any idea what size I should get in the woman's new balance minimus road zero? I plan on going sock less.


09/04/12 @ 08:12
Comment from: Steven [Visitor]

I loved the feel of the NB Minimus Trail Zero, but wound up taking them back after 20 miles. I had durability issues with them. My full experience with them is here.

10/08/12 @ 09:11
Comment from: stu667 [Visitor]

I think the minimus trail are absolutely crap and I will tell you why :

The sole is hard as stone and you cannot use them in wet conditions. One foot in a puddle and your shoe is completely wet. It drains the water fast but wtf???

Barefoot, yes indeed :/

01/22/13 @ 12:44
Comment from: Hannah [Visitor]

I bought the Women's New Balance Minimus Zero Trail back in January, and have since put a little over 100 miles on them. I was disappointed to already find a tear in the forefoot upper (that slightly translucent stiff fabric above the toes). The lining around the heel has also started to peel off. They've served their purpose well as my first zero drop shoe, but it's too bad they've already started to come apart after not-that-much wear.

06/12/13 @ 21:34

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