Just like I did with my MT1010 review, let me start by saying that if you are used to structured, cushioned shoes, you have to transition to those very slowly, and research and apply principles of Natural Running (or Chi running, or Pose). If you don't, you are on a fast track for a bad case of shin splints. With that out of the way, let's get to the review. I have a pair of MT1010, and I really love them. However, when running more than 15 miles on pavement, the slugs on the MT1010 really start to bother - you can feel them every step of the way. Yes, I know, the MT1010 are for trail running, but for me they also work well on pavement. After doing some research, I decided to give the MT10V2 a try, since I had a marathon coming up. They worked out quite well. At first, the band that crosses the front of the shoe felt a bit strange, but with a few runs that feeling went away, and I started to appreciate how much it helps to keep my feet in place. My 1010 were size 11; according to New Balance's site, the 10V2 runs a bit smaller, so I got them on 11 1/2, and the fit was perfect. There is plenty of room in the toe box, with the band preventing your feet from moving inside the shoe, which is really good. The shoe is feather light, with a tad more cushioning than a barefoot-style shoe, and a 4mm drop. If you are looking for something right above barefoot, this shoe is for you. The upper provides plenty of ventilation; I ran a marathon with the 10V2 in Dallas, and it was over 80F, but my feet felt pretty comfortable. The laces stayed in place, and I had to re-tie them only once, as they had become a bit loose. The sole fixed the problem I had with the MT1010, so to me, this was a winner. Plus nothing beats orange...
As a convert to the minimalist scene in 2008 I've had a fair share of shoes and I can say there is a reason I stocked up on the MT10V2. The sock-like feel and stretch work wonders after a long run. Protects the feet from pressure in the toe box and keeps all my toenails firmly in place. The mesh breaths well, and the liner wicks moisture in compression socks, wool socks, or bare foot. The only drawback is the resilience of the mesh in brush. I found it catches the goatheads and thistles like a pro shortstop and often leaves the threads hanging. A quick lighter to the surface after a run to burn off the hangers and the shoes are good to go again, but for a true back country shoe, I find this to limit their lifetime. The mesh wore out before I ran the sole thin.
The Vibram lugs under foot provide secure traction in most conditions. The drawback here would be in snowy or tacky mud they clump the top layer and you lose traction, but if you run on gravel, pavement, sand, or sandy mud, they shed the soil and leave your feet free and light to cruise the trails in comfort.
The 4mm drop comes in handy when lifting in the gym as it leaves a stable platform to row, Olympic lift and box jump on those cold and icy days. The leather strip on top has decent reinforcement that holds up against moderate rope climbing too. I won't knock the durability in the gym as the shoes are meant to soak up the great outdoors and clearly don't want to be confined in a sweaty room.
Overall, I would recommend to any runner who enjoys a minimalist feel with a smooth ride that often leaves this runner hoping that New Balance will continue to produce these bad boys.
Early results...so far, fantastic!
I can't speak to the longevity or wear of these shoes as I just bought them today and immediately took them out for six miles on the most rugged parts of our Greenbelt, here in Austin. These shoes felt fantastic in the store and out on the trail--they held up well gliding through rock gardens, exposed roots, loose gravel and even sharp stones. They were truly light and nimble without making my feet feel vulnerable to the terrain. No worries about stubbing a toe, like in Vibram Five Fingers or exposed toe sandals.
The other thing you might love about these shoes is that they have a low profile and would be very easy to pack and take with you without sacrificing much space--I hate how big most athletic and sports shoes have become and would always leave them behind in lieu of a pair of good walking shoes that could be dress up or casual. These shoes merit a place in my carry-on only baggage and could easily go casual dress with me.
CAVEAT: New Balance will repeatedly warn you on the shoe box and with a product tag that these shoes are MID STRIKE designed--so try them on first to know what you are getting your feet into. I'm a natural mid-strike runner and these shoes would not feel as good on a heel strike runner, so be very mindful of your own gait and be prepared to adjust to a new style of running if these are your first lightweight trail shoes, or you've a different running style. You'll still love them.
I'm just a recreational runner. I usually run 5ks. I'm 5'9" and 180lbs, so I'm on the stockier side.
I love these shoes. I wear them for road running. I find that I desire a rock plate for the kind of trail running I do. I usually put on my Vibram Spyridons for trail runs.
These shoes seem to wear a little quickly with the exclusive road running that I put on them.
I have paddles for feet (wide) and these shoes fit great in their normal configuration. I usually feel tightness in the midfoot area, but not with these.
For 5k and shorter distances, I have no issues wearing no socks in these shoes, they are very very comfortable. I began to develop hot spots and blisters past 4 miles.
Keeping my weight in mind, I would actually prefer just a touch more cushioning for road-running, although I completely realize these are trail shoes.
Love these shoes, though. Even for casual days I find myself reaching for these shoes.
THE trail shoe
Have bought two pairs of these over the past couple of years and won't wear anything else. I have worn them for many 10+ mile runs on rocky, mountainous terrain without issue. I have seen some of the durability issues mentioned, but nothing that effected the functioning of the shoe. The mesh ripped on my first pair (after about 300 miles of heavy trail use), but I can still do long trail runs in them with no problem (the mesh is just a cover for the "glove" part of the shoe). I strongly recommend these if you have a wide foot as well.
As a side note, please don't get these if you heel-strike. They are very minimally cushioned and it will wreck your knees and back rapidly. That being said, if you are wanting to train to strengthen your feet and calves for forefoot running (and don't feel like wearing silly five-fingers) this is your shoe. Just remember to do some hiking and ease into it!
Love these so far
Got this shoe today and put 6.5 miles on it right away on some local WA trails. Fit is awesome. Sole is what you want with a minimalist shoe. I needed something to train for and use in Tough Mudder, and these were what I ended up picking after looking at several others. My main concerns were traction, light weight, and ability to shed water. They had great traction on the trail. I completely submersed them in water. Felt good running with them wet. Don't get heavy or hold water. Seem to stay on my feet well and are snug, which should be nice for deep mud so I don't lose them. Have yet to test that out though.
These shoes are simply amazing. They're exceptionally comfortable, very breathable, lightweight, durable, and offer a perfect amount of protection and traction; all while promoting a barefoot/minimalist style of running. I use these shoes for everything - road and trail running, walking, hiking, climbing, crossfit, weight training, etc. I have yet to find anything I dislike about this shoe. I have used minimalist style shoes from Vibram, Merrell, and Saucony, but none of them come close to being as well rounded, or even just as comfortable, as the Minimus. If you can run with either a forefoot or midfoot strike, then these are the perfect shoe (striking with your heel is a different story).
Shoes comfortable good middle road between cushioning and ground feel more cushion than my five fingers of which I have several but for walking a lot the extra cushion is nice I do delivery n my wife is a nurse so were on our feet a lot don't know about ware just got them today but we both love them so far and they look good to won't replace my five fingers but nice for long day at work I tried the merrels they did not hug my feet as well n did not look as good these are defitenly worth a try
Love my Minimus Shoes!
This is my third pair of Minimus shoes. They provide just the right amount of support for a great minimalist running experience without going full barefoot. If you are new to barefoot or minimalist running, your calves will take a beating as they get used to running the natural way again. Once that adjustment is complete, your knees, hips, and back will thank you for making the switch.
I avoid running on anything but dirt trails, as running on asphalt or concrete is a bit harsh and pounding without all the padding of standard running shoes.
I love this shoe!
I bought these shoes as my "camp shoes" for a 65 mile backpacking trip. They were wonderful! The soles have great traction (which came in handy for stream fording), they are super light, and you could even hike out on them if your regular boots lost a sole or something (though you might not be able to carry a full pack for distance with them). We also wore them on a layover day for a short dayhike. They don't offer any ankle support, but otherwise they are a great accessory for a backpacking trip.