New Balance Minimus
Uncle Sam decided to give me a little tax money back so I was able to go purchase a couple pairs of shoes I’ve had my eyes on for some time; the New Balance Minimus Trail and Minimus Road.
I’m really pleased with both pairs so far, I think New Balance really nailed it for me with these shoes.
I ran 4 miles of trail in them today, doing at least 8 stream crossings in the process, without wearing socks. These seem very well suited to sockless running, I’ve yet to detect any hot spots (I’ve had problems with my MT101s cutting/blistering me on long, wet and sandy runs without socks).
I think they have just enough stiffness, tread, pretty low heal-toe drop, and a nice snug, sock-like fit. They drain well also. I’m faster in these than my VFF Sprints; just enough sharp/rock protection while still maintaining good trail feel. I think I could push these into pretty long run territory, maybe 15 miles or so. They’re a nice step in between barefoot and my MT101s for more protection/distance.
I’ve been doing track workouts and was in need of a new general road shoe as well. The Minimus Road immediately felt great. Again, very minimal seams and edges, likely a great shoes for no socks. The heel cup is slightly stiff, but the structure is foam and flexes well- I don’t foresee rubbing issues. Great fit and feel in these shoes as well- they really dissappear on the foot. I’ve yet to run in these, will post after some mileage.
Looking forward to putting the two to good use; I plan on registering for the Bishop High Sierra 50K in the coming days, the race being on May 21st. 9 weeks to get ready.