Comment from: umi [Visitor]

Thanks for this thoughtful (feel-ful)review, and for the detailed photos! Any idea how much they will cost?

11/22/10 @ 13:01
Comment from: Jason Jantzen [Visitor]
Jason Jantzen

Just curious if these are US made or not. I know NB makes a few of their shoe lines almost entirely in the US.

Either way, I want a pair!

11/22/10 @ 13:32
Comment from: [Member]


I hear they will cost $100/pair.


Made in China!

11/22/10 @ 13:42
Comment from: joe [Visitor]

what is the weight?

11/22/10 @ 16:29
Comment from: Oliver [Visitor]

How do the heel drop and cushioning compare to the Miminus Road? Are the Minimus Trail more minimalist?

11/22/10 @ 19:06
Comment from: terri [Visitor]  

Great comprehensive review. Just was curious to how you thought the sizing compared to the MT101?

Would you size up/down/same?

11/22/10 @ 19:43
Comment from: Ted_S [Visitor]  

Please test their ability to grip on smooth rock surfaces.
Much of the hiking and running that I do here in southern California is on somewhat steep mountain trails that are either bare rock or rock with a layer of fine sand or sometimes loose gravel. Most trail shoes, including my KSO Treks, have little grip on either surface. Approach shoes have a more sticky rubber and hold well but are always too narrow for my feet.
Based on my experience with a dozen or so pairs of NB trail shoes that I've used before the advent of the Treks, I don't hold out much hope for their gripping ability.
Still, if they are wide enough to fit me, (unlikely unless they come out with a wide option), I'd get them to try on trails with sustained steep and rocky descents. It takes me twice as long to pick my way down such trails with my Treks than with any normally padded trail shoe (though at least I don't get black toenails with the Treks).

11/22/10 @ 22:40
Comment from: [Member]


The weight is 8oz/shoe for my size 10.5.


Hard to say as Britt has the Roads and I have the trails. Looks-wise the trails look more minimalist to me, but I honestly don't know.


Britt is the one with the MT101 -- hopefully we can get him some NB Minimus Trails to test, out, too!


Will see what I can do.

11/23/10 @ 10:04
Comment from: Joseph Best [Visitor]
Joseph Best

Does anyone know of the possibility of different colorways?

Please let us know

11/23/10 @ 12:32
Comment from: Dan [Visitor]

Certainly a sexy shoe...thanks for the review!

11/23/10 @ 17:51
Comment from: Zephyr [Visitor]  

Where is the picture taken of Atlanta's pavement? All I can see are dead leaves.
I was intrigued. I wanted to see how irregular that pavement really is.

11/23/10 @ 22:34
Comment from: Henry [Visitor]

The 101's are proving to be too narrow in the toe-box for me. How is the width compare in the minimus trail?

11/24/10 @ 01:47
Comment from: Rich [Visitor]

Nice review. These sound good, and I'm excited to try a pair. If they're good road shoes too, that would be great, as it'd be nice to get away with just one pair. I do prefer this styling to the road minimus, too.

11/24/10 @ 08:37
Comment from: Woody [Visitor]  

Glad to be reading good reviews of this shoe. I have held a sample of the Wellness, Trail, and Road and they look great! Really looking forward to running in them.


According to a New Balance Rep I know, the road and trail versions are both supposed to have a midsole height of 7mm in the forefoot and 11mm in the heel. The Wellness is lower but and could be used for running (though NB does not recommend) but it has no laces and fits like a slipper.

11/24/10 @ 12:50
Comment from: Aaron [Visitor]

Anybody see the photo of the new Saucony Hattori over at

It seems like most of the non-VFF minimalist shoes are very similar in shape.

11/24/10 @ 13:00
Comment from: Rhys [Visitor]

Man I am really excited to get a pair of these!

Thanks for the review. I really hope they actually release that colorway.

11/24/10 @ 13:22
Comment from: marathonjohn [Visitor]

Nice review! Oh man these look great! I am definitely going to have to try a pair. Sounds like/looks like they would work on the roads just fine too.

11/29/10 @ 00:12
Comment from: Rory - London [Visitor]
Rory - London

I ran a 32 mile ultra marathon and marathon in Treks this year and the Treks did very well, but my lower calves were killing me the day after both races. As long as I maintain a decent forfoot strike I wonder if the extra height in the heel will help ease this problem. I love my Treks so I will probably continue to do much of my running in them but am looking forward to these as a long distance alternative.

11/29/10 @ 10:32
Comment from: Lynette [Visitor]

Can't wait to hear more!! I am pleased to hear they worked well in sandy conditions. I think my downhill running may have slowed a bit after running in the MT100s for the season. Not much traction for my dry Boise foothills. Can't wait to hear how they respond to other conditions!
Thanks for the review!!!!

11/29/10 @ 14:55
Comment from: Paul [Visitor]

Awesome review I've been waiting for something like this to come around I need something a little more substantial to go to work in than vffs I'm afraid of getting something nasty through them in the hospital.
p.s. the newton running sneaks were not worth it in my opinion they are just nikes that an engineer attacked.

12/01/10 @ 19:41
Comment from: Joseph [Visitor]

Please tell me they are coming out with atleast a basic all gray and all black colorway...

Aside from the colors these look great!

But seriously could someone tell me about the colorways??

12/08/10 @ 15:26
Comment from: furpants [Visitor]

>>Comment from: Ted_S [Visitor]
Please test their ability to grip on smooth rock surfaces.

I have a pair of these and the Merrell Trail Glove, and the NB Minimus has way better traction. This is on dry, rocky, sometimes loose, steep Colorado trails.

12/22/10 @ 11:07
Comment from: Jon [Visitor]  

Just picked up a pair in Houston, TX.

I am in love!!!

Whole Earth Provision Company got their shipment last night!!!!

I am a NB fan but I would go as far as saying I will wear these more than my Five Fingers.

02/24/11 @ 07:46
Comment from: Dustin [Visitor]

Got mine today right after they put them out on the floor of my local NB store. These shoes are soo comfortable, going on a run with them tonight.

02/28/11 @ 20:58
Comment from: Mike [Visitor]

Can anyone who has used the Minimus Trail for a while tell us:

-are they true to size, or do you need to go up a 1/2?

-if you have a 'b' width, will they fit alright?

03/04/11 @ 16:15
Comment from: Jordan [Visitor]

@mike: They do run true to size. The trail would be your best bet if you're a b width because it fits snuggest through the midfoot especially and isn't quite as wide in the toebox as the road version. Also in the trail version, the tongue is attached to the upper so that part feels almost like the old style nike frees (before they started sucking). I've ran in both as I work for a shop that carries them. Going either sockless or with socks doesn't make a difference on sizing either, although I suppose if they were still too wide for you, socks could help take up some room.

03/07/11 @ 08:32
Comment from: Jordan [Visitor]

@Joseph: I've seen all of the upcoming colors for this year. Right now its the orange/black. Also the all black with a little yellow in the midsole. The upcoming colors are a gray with a little orange on the upper (only a little), and their newest one to come is a red fabric with red overlays color. That basically is take all the orange and make it red and all the black and make it gray lol

03/07/11 @ 08:35
Comment from: Jordan [Visitor]

@aaron: The Hattori is an interesting shoe. I've had the chance to try it on. There's a heel enclosure fit which is weird, almost like a heel counter in a traditional shoe. Feels awkward in a 4 oz., 0 drop trainer. Other than that it feels pretty good. The only thing I'll question as it comes out is the durability factor of the upper, it is built VERY minimal and I would worry seeing it tear similar to how many people rip through the Nike Victory and Matumbo spike uppers.

03/07/11 @ 08:38
Comment from: Gerald [Visitor]

Hi. I just ran a 100km trail race in the minimus. They were great up to 70kms but I had to switch to more cushioned shoes at this point as the large gravel tracks started hurting the soles on the midsole strikes. My fault for only training in the minimus for two weeks before the run. The run had all terrains covered (even tarmac for 10kms)and the minimus loved it all. I have been running shorter distances in minimalist shoes for over a year so anyone reading this should know that if you are making the change from cushioned shoes to the minimus or similar, you must do it gradually. Regards, Gerald.

03/23/11 @ 03:15
Comment from: Ryan Long [Visitor]
Ryan Long

I picked up a pair of these at a local store for about $85 because I was looking for an alternative to VFF Bikilas. I'd run my first half marathon in Bikilas just last summer. Well, I should say that I ran half of my first half marathon in Bikilas because I ended up running the rest barefoot. The Bikilas and the KSOs I had before them always found new and interesting ways to shred my feet with little hot spots that turned into blisters and then turned into cuts. The problem was just plane ol' fit. So, instead of going with the new Bikila LS with the speed lacing system, I decided I'd try something new with the Minimus. So far so good. My biggest gripe is that the trail is still a little too skinny in the forefoot and probably for the first three or four runs the heel, which comes up a bit higher than the Bikila as per the markings on my achilles, dug and dug causing some pretty stellar blisters. Now either my skin has toughened or the heel has worn in enough, and I can say that the shoe fits great. It feel glove-like and seems to be the solution I was looking for. The ground feel is not equivalent to the Bikila by any stretch, but it beats the pants off the Nike Free. I think I still need to put a few more miles on my minimus trails to reach a final verdict, but so far so good.

03/25/11 @ 12:07
Comment from: zds [Visitor]

How are they on roads?

03/25/11 @ 23:03
Comment from: Gerald [Visitor]

I've done about 80km of road running in my trail minimus and for me (acclimatised to minimalist footwear) they are great. There is a road version also.

03/27/11 @ 08:47
Comment from: Mark [Visitor]

I just picked some up today and love the feel. This is my first foray into minimal footwear besides running barefoot a few times and they feel great after a two mile run.

03/27/11 @ 16:46
Comment from: Bishop [Visitor]

How are these shoes in the rain? Do they hold up well when getting wet?

06/14/11 @ 12:52
Comment from: mark [Visitor]  

have you found these shoes to stretch at all over time ? I fit into both a 9 and a 9.5

06/27/11 @ 21:44
Comment from: Emily Duvall [Visitor]
Emily Duvall

I have been a staunch VFF for two years now, leaning towards the sprints in the summer and Bikilas in the winter, with toe socks. BUT, they are really a pain to transition into during a triathlon! My Vivo's with the sole out just don't give me a good I went searching for something with a VFF feel and comfort in running, but for an easier transition. I was going for the Merrill's, but they were too heavy and stiff, so I gave the Minimus a shot. They're PERFECT! They are so similar to Bikila's for feel, though a bit less flexible, but they give me exactly what I need - quick transition, the barefoot feel, and no blister issues. I put in bungee laces to help, as well. My only complaint is smell. My VFFs wash up well, but my Minimus...hmmm... otherwise I would recommend the Minimus to any barefoot triathlete out there!

07/04/11 @ 13:20
Comment from: Hayley [Visitor]  

I have the unfortunate but rarely affecting problem of webbed toes, and never suspected that they would ever make anything difficult other than wearing toe socks (very traumatic for a pre-teen girl in the 90's). However, now I'm running into problems with... well... running. I have always hated the feeling of running in traditional tennis shoes, so when I first heard of vibram five fingers, I was SO excited. Cue remembering that I have webbed toes, and five fingers doesn't make special orders (yet). For a couple months now, I have been perusing shoes, trying to find a minimalist design like the five fingers, but with a more accommodating toe box. Until New Balance's Minimus Trail, I hadn't seen any other shoe I liked. So is the Minimus Trail closer to a Five Finger than the Merril's lightweight model or Nike Frees? Any input would be appreciated!

07/16/11 @ 15:08
Comment from: Kris [Visitor]


This is a great blog - the reviews and photos are excellent!

A probably different kind of question here - I barefoot run, occassionally jumping into my VFF Sprints or Bikila's depending on how aggressive the terrain is, but I also play field hockey on astroturf (not sure if this is a British term - basically fake grass with sand on it)! I was wondering if you guys would know whether these NB's would hold up well on such a surface? I play 3 times a week, do you think the sole could handle it?



08/12/11 @ 09:49
Comment from: Paul [Visitor]  

The minimus trail has very little ground feel I put them on even in the store and I asked if I could go run outside on the gravel that surrounds the trees in the parking lot. After this I noticed that I could feel the gravel better in my worn out nike lunars(which I use for work since I can't wear sandals or vibrams) Than in these shoes which have a very hard bottom. The ground feel aside I was really looking for a shoe that would bridge the gap if only temporarily between full minimalist and acceptable business casual attire. They failed there too because they were a little tight on my wider than average feet and the toe-box provided no comfort for me to let my little toes breathe. I bought them anyway because I thought maybe if I broke them in they would work alright and since I'm a big guy shoes break in faster for me than people who are in perfect shape, I would be able to return them before my 30 days were up. I took them for a walk the first day and regretted it within the first 15 minutes I decided to take them off and go barefoot. So rather than the exercise trial I wore them for a whole day of regular activity and they were still a disappointment between the lack of feeling, the tightness and the drop from heel to toe I decided after two days to bring them back and leave them for the semi-minimalists out there.

08/18/11 @ 10:48
Comment from: dindoborlaza [Visitor]

nice pair of shoes! Anyone, please help, i'm about to order a pair online and it seems that i'm not decided on the size. I fit comfortably in my trail glove size 9.5 and was planning to get mt10 at the same size. can i fit in it or do i need to go 1/2 bigger? Please help! Thanks Birthdayshoes!

09/17/11 @ 18:22
Comment from: Isaac [Visitor]

Anyone knows whats the difference between the New Balance 10 Minimus trail to New Balance 20 Weightlight? Thanks

01/04/12 @ 22:22
Comment from: whybother? [Visitor]

after 6-7 months of a very short daily
walks on SMALL GRAVLE-not even rocky trails,the foamy part of the sole started falling apart.
sadly, the foam's got "eaten" and hurt
my feet. in the pressure points at the base of my left toe.
vibram and nb just blew up on this one.
they releaed the shoe too soon without
enough testing.
....which explains why the new 2012
i spent a lot of money for that shoe
and i'm just deeply hurt. that's a kind

02/26/12 @ 06:22
Comment from: Cesar [Visitor]  

I just received my MT10s, I bought them on the regular size I used 10.5US, but apparently since running ony in the VFFs my feet grew, and the 10.5 dont fit me anymore.

trying them sitting, I have half a thumb space between fingers and front, but standing my toes hit the front (all of them).

Now Is clear I need a bigger size but how big? half a size 11, or a full size 11.5?

I have to order them online, there is no way of trying them 600KM around my city.

I am planning on running up to 20km in them. Could anyone with experience running in these give me their opinion about the sizing?? I´d appreciate.

forgot to mention I am planning on either running sockless or using injinjis toe socks, depends on weather.

02/26/12 @ 20:15
Comment from: Deidre [Visitor]

I actually bought a pair of these a few weeks ago, and had to do some shoe surgery on them (they were gifts, so I couldn't return them), because the metatarsal band across the right shoe was way too tight! I was literally in pain just walking in them, from the pressure on the bone right under my pinkie toe. I had to cut the band and then add some super glue to make sure the stitches stayed in place. Once I did that, they were golden, and I love them for pavement and more rocky trail runs, but geez, that band! And just on that one foot. I think it's an individual shoe defect, but I was worried I wouldn't be able to enjoy them! Love your review, though. :)

05/19/12 @ 15:15
Comment from: Brian [Visitor]  

I recently (about a month) bought the Minimus Trail shoes and have worn them about every day since just to walk around (as regular shoes). Having re-injured a knee recently I haven't done any running in them yet.

It's getting hot here in L.A. now and I've enjoyed noticeably cooler feet at summer fairs than my friends (and longer comfort then when I would try the same in Vibram 5 Fingers). They really do breathe nicely.

I wear (and bought) a size 13 and have pretty normal feet (not-wide) and there is a plenty of room in the toe bed for me. Again, I used (and loved) an original pair of 5 Fingers (KSO) on and off over the past 3.5 years across all different terrain and I'd definitely notice if my little toe was compromised again.

I actually bought these to use as water shoes for an upcoming canoe trip in the Boundary Waters though. We'll have to jump into the water at some points along the way to so I wanted something that would just drain water and dry quickly. I'd be happy to report back about how they hold up to that kind of wear. fact, I guess I could just test them in a pool for wear-when-wet and appx. drying time; I think I'll do that now!

Terrific site and great review, Justin!

06/12/12 @ 23:00
Comment from: paul zalesny [Visitor]  
paul zalesny

Hi these are the only trainer in england where I can fit my feet in with correct toes.but without socks.i v got slight bunion n hammer on the second toe third toes fine forth toes curls in.but its my pinky to its a flexible claw toe but giving me a burning sensation underneath the ball.would these help I can on just fit in them with correct toes.was wondering if anyone had any stories on trainers like these helping these sort of problems.I won't av foot or toe surgery too does anyone wreckon that over time with correct toes this could help my feet.I do stretches and excersizes too.

04/21/13 @ 09:17

Form is loading...