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A low profile and lightweight shoe ready to take on the trails, the MT101 offers minimal cushioning and a firm ride.


Important Shipping Note: U.S. sales only.


Building on the success of the cult following for the MT100, New Balance offers the refined MT101. The shoe retains the excellent low-profile, minimalistic design, which delivers low weight and a great feel for the trail. With a thin rock plate, the MT101 provides stone bruising protection yet remains nimble and flexible. The upper is thin, breathable and provides a secure midfoot fit. All told, the MT101 is a great minimalist trail shoe that meets the needs of serious trail runners.

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Weight: 7.2 oz (size 9)

Stack Height: Heel (25mm), Forefoot (16mm); non-removable insole

Available Widths: D=Medium

How It Fits (based on width D)

  • Sizing: Standard running shoe length
  • Heel: Medium to narrow
  • Midfoot: Medium volume
  • Forefoot: Medium to narrow
  • Toe-Box height: Medium
  • Arch Structure: Low height


The MT101 is a minimum feature, minimum neutral trail shoe designed for racing and daily training. It is built with a curved shape.


  • To keep weight down, this shoe contains no additional cushioning technologies.


  • Acteva is a full length midsole material that is 12% lighter than standard midsole foam with DuPont Engage for added durability.


  • Synthetic Mesh is utilized throughout the upper and is a lightweight breathable material.
  • SURE LACE shoe laces are designed to reduce the chance of unwanted lace loosening.
  • Puncture Resistant Toe is an additional layer of lightweight material engineered to give additional protection at the toes.
  • EVA Foxing Construction


  • Composite Rubber is a full length outsole designed with lugs to provide additional traction.
  • Rock Stop is sandwiched between the outsole and midsole and is a flexible layer that protects feet from rocks and shock.


  • RL-3 is a road and trail racing last with a narrow heel, a wide forefoot, and a standard toe-box height.

Footwear Performance Characteristics

Pronation Control: What's This?

  • Neutral
    • Min
    • Mod
  • Support
    • Min
    • Mod
    • Max
  • Motion Control
    • Mod
    • Max

Heel-Toe Offset (mm): What's This?

  • 0
  • 1-2
  • 3-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-8
  • 9-10
  • 11+

Stack Height:

  • Barefoot
  • Minimal
  • Low
  • Medium
  • High
  • Maximal


  • Road
  • Road-Trail
  • Hard Trail
  • Varied Trail
  • Soft Trail

Shoe Type:

  • Premium
  • Standard
  • Performance
  • Racing

Customer Reviews

Comments: Amazing feel and very well constructed. They are in the firm range of things but offers protection in the trails. The best part is the price.
From: Alejandro, Mexico City, Mexico

Comments: I am not a trail runner so these are my everyday working shoes.  I am a teacher and I love these shoes.  I can wear them all day because they are so comfortable. 
From: Tim, Rockville, MD, USA

Comments: I am a huge Brooks fan and also run barefoot and was looking for something for a "minimalist" shoe but couldn't wait for the Pure Project shoes to come out with winter slowly approaching. I can't justify buying the Vibram 5 Fingers and read some great reviews on these shoes and MAN were they all right. I know that the drop is not as great as the Minimus or things like that but these do the trick. They are such a great shoe. Out of the box I took them
on a 6 miler on gravel roads and barely feet the rocks underneath.
From: Brad, De Soto, IA USA

Comments: These shoes are awesome. I run on hilly trails, gravely dirt roads and black top roads and these shoes don't miss a beat. I am very happy with these shoes. I hope NB doesn't discontinue them.
From: Dave, Northeast, OH, USA

Comments: Best trail shoes I have used! Super fast!! Fits true to size, plenty of traction and protection, can't say enough good things about this shoe...don't hesitate to buy'em!
From: Jared, CA, USA

Comments: I am very pleased with these shoes and I hope New balance keeps making them forever. The MT101 are a semi minimalist shoe and are not a "true" minimalist shoe, in my opinion this makes them perfect for someone who is interested in getting in to minimalist running while lowering their risk of injury during the transition. I suspect the minimalist movement will shift from the current thin strip of rubber into the middle ground of light padding where the MT101s reside. I exclusively run off road but I've always worn road shoes because I do not like stiff and bulky trail shoes, however every time I hit a root or rock funny I wished I had a more protective shoe on. The rock plate in the forefoot of the MT101 is amazing, I do not see how they can make a shoe this flexible and light while still protecting my feet from pointy objects. In the padding department the 101s felt barely different from my Brooks Ghost (sounds impossible, but that's how they felt). I found I needed to lace these shoes up a bit tighter than I normally do, I suspect this is because they offer none of the structure of a typical running shoe. I recommend keeping the milage low at first, my ankles were a bit tender the first two weeks while I built my foot strength up. The outsole rubber is pretty tough and after 200 miles I can barely see any wear. Lastly, these shoes are sized to be worn with very thin socks, if you like medium to thick socks go a half size up. The shoes can be worn sockless but the mesh is so open that lot of dirt and dust get in these shoes and I suspect this would get uncomfortable. Ok, now it's time for you to order a pair.
From: Cliff, Tallahassee, FL, USA

Comments: I picked up a pair of these because my MT100s were starting to fall apart. I thought the 100 was a pretty good shoe despite some serious flaws. The MT101 seems like a clear improvement. It locks my foot in more securely it has more protection for the toes, and it weighs about as much as the 100. It also seems to have a little more protection under foot, which I think is a bonus. Unfortunately, my size 13s are bigger than my size 13 100s. MUCH bigger. Both shoes are built on the same last, so I'm not sure what the explanation is. But because the 12 is too small and New Balance doesn't make a 12.5, it looks like the 101 may not work for me. Which is a shame, because it's such a nice shoe otherwise.
From: Eric, American Fork, UT

Comments: Sorry to be a naysayer, but I hate these shoes. I really wanted to like them. My attempt at minimalist running started with a 2 month build-up, total of 100+ miles on short to medium-length runs, and ended with my first-ever case of Achilles tendinitis and intolerably tight, painful calves. My feet don't know how to do anything except try to toe-strike in these uber-minimalist shoes, hence the Achilles/calf problem which is the most common issue in minimalist running. Funny thing is that when I started wearing the quasi-minimalist Saucony Peregrines, which have a very low heel-to-toe drop, the problem instantly disappeared and I found my midfoot strike immediately. True minimalism doesn't suit everyone, in fact it probably doesn't suit most people.
From: Susie, Dayton, OH, USA

Comments: These are just flat out a great pair of lightweight, agile, minimalist, running shoes. I have only run in them on the roads & speedwork on the treadmill so far this winter, but I have logged some pretty fast times in them already. I can not wait to try them out on some fast dry summer trail runs. I am surprised that they still have a 10mm heel/toe drop but I can understand the minimalist cult following. The tread is a little disappointing, but we'll see how it does when the snow melts. As far as running long in these, I have been able to log a few 15-18mi road runs in them with no problems at all. I typically wear a 11.0-11.5 depending on the shoe, I went with the 11.5 and they are perfect. You put them on and just like Forrest Gump, they feel like your Magic Shoes. Quit reading the reviews, just buy them.
From: Zack, Kirtland, OH, USA

Comments: I bought these as a back up pair to my Inov8 Rocklite 315's that I've been wearing for the past year.  I mainly run in minimalist shoes or VFFs so am used to the less-is-more approach.  These are great shoes if you already have a minimalistic running style.  I've got around 50 miles of vaired NW trails on them, the last a 10 miler with 3700 feet of elevation gain and loss on a rooty/rocky trail.  The rock stop works great and although they do let water in quite easily,at the same time they seem to expel the water and your feet at least don't feel that wet.  I alway's wear Injingi socks with them and from day one have had no blisters or soreness.  Also as previously mentioned I had to return the first pair and order a half size smaller.  Buy these, you'll love them and the running warehouse service is spectacular.  I can't speak to the long term durability, but so far they look as new except for the mud.
From: Murchdog, Redmond, WA, USA

Comments: Comfortable shoe. Light weight, flexible and plenty of room around the toe area. The sole is resistant to sharp rocks and roots. The sole grips well when running on soft dirt or when running down hill. These were my first trail running shoes and I was hesitant at first. I recommend these shoes. You won't be disappointed.  
From: Bjas, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Comments: These shoes are to be worn only if you are comfortable with minimalist shoes. With that said, These shoes kick some serious butt! Lightweight, plenty of room in the toebox, really low profile design. No twisted ankles here boys and girls :) I have taken these shoes on some of the gnarliest trails in the great NW and not an issue. I have gotten these shoes completely soaked in water but this shoe does and excellent job with drying out fast! I have noticed that my forefoot gets a little tired when running on trails with lots of small rock fill but the minute I am on dirt trails again it's like running on cotton! I do not blame the shoe for my soreness. I need to adjust my stride and posture to absorb the shock better. A++++ shoe. This is coming from someone who is a minimalist runner! Enjoy!
From: George, Kent, WA, USA

Comments: I tried this shoe out. I stay on hilly trails 95% of the time. I have been having fewer problems with my achilles tendon/heel, seemingly, with firmer shoes. I tried these units while using Salomon XT Wings2 and Nike Lunarfly shoes. The MT101 are like slippers. Rad little knobbie treads - perfect. These shoes are fine (for me) while climbing and moving along predictable trails. I did 2 runs in these shoes, both about 1.5HRS long. However, once the trail gets off chamber, or a lengthy, tricky downhill - lot's of jumping/altering foot positions - these shoes become the weak link. The shoes don't really hug my feet. I can't tighten the laces much because the tongue is so thin - and then I start feeling the laces. For me, both of the tongues were all over the place, scooting/sliding back down under my top laces (I loop through the very top lace holes). After about an hour and half, I really notice the shoe's minimalist nature. It helps to quicken your stride and focus on your stride when using these shoes. I think these shoes are pretty good for sub 1HR runs, but not consistent runs longer than an hour+-. I certainly wouldn't want to do an epic 5HR+ run in these shoes. The heel compartment in these shoes is awesome though. Not a bunch of material, and my heel doesn't talk to me after a run. I run 4-5 days a week, my foot landing is mild supination, and I weigh 155lbs. I might experiment with these some more....but not too much.
From: Gus, Salinas, CA, USA

Comments: These are the best minimal trail shoe ever.  I have ran in many trail shoes.  There are awesome, comfortable, responsive, great against rocks & roots. If your looking at buying a pair, Get'em!
From: Brant, Spring, TX, USA

Comments: I ordered these shoes the first day they were available. I have Nike Free's in 14, Asics Gel Nimbus in 13 and adizero's in 13 too. I originally had a 14 in the MT101 but they were too wide. I sized down and was a bit concerned about the toe box. However, in my case, the shoes have loosened up and fit great! The RockStop helps protect the foot while still allowing very good ground feel.
From: Doug, Saint Louis, MO, USA

Comments: I got these shoes to use for Crossfit.  They are exactly what I hoped they would be.  They are very light and still able prevent rocks from hurting my feet with the rock stop sole.  The fit is true to size with zero friction points.  The shoe is very minimalist on the inside, especially the tongue and around the ankle including the heel area.  My first WOD in these shoes included over 5k running and the shoes felt great.
From: Brad, San Antonio, TX, USA

Comments: Took these out for some interval work today. Amazing shoes. Feel like flats but offer more cushioning and support than racing shoes. Strongly recommend the precision to runners looking for a fast shoe in which they can comfortably train and race in.
From: James, Richmond, VA, USA

Comments: I wore a size US 9 in the MT100 and they fit great.  Initially got a a pair of the MT101's in a US 9 and they were just TOO big.  Had to go down to a US 8.5 and they fit perfectly.  Other than the little sizing issue, I love these shoes.  I've had the new(new) ones for 2 weeks now and have run two races, several training runs and even a 20 mile + run on the Appalachian Trail last week when I was visiting MD.  I've not found a shoe that I liked this much in ages.  Wish/hope NB comes up with a little bit sturdier, weatherproof version for winter. Beyond that, love the shoe.
From: Anonymous

Comments: Best trail shoe ever! A low profile minimalist shoe that can handle rugged terrain is what I have been wanting for years. Super comfortable, stable and fast. They are perfect!!
From: BP, Utah

Comments: The MT100's were my favorite shoe I had ever run in. Before I knew it they were extinct. I bought their successor, MT101. I had to send them back. I wear a us13 in every shoe I have run in including the MT100's (they were perfect). My toes rubbed the tip of the shoe and there was too much volume in the forefoot for my liking. Also the tongue was shortened too much and the lace knot pressed down on the top of my foot and made it sore. Now I have to start my search for another shoe. When I find it I will buy more than one pair. I must say that Running Warehouse is the best and the customer service is outstanding. I don't know how they do it.
From: John, Short Gap, WV, USA

Comments: This looks to be a great shoe and initially sized slipper perfect but unfortunately, no. Everybody else here seems happy to say that they size as normal, so maybe it's just once they get bigger they get smaller, if you know what I mean. I'm a US13 in other neutral New Balance runners. I'm a US13 in Brooks. I'm a US13 in Mizuno, a US14 in Nike Free 5.0, and a US13 in Inov-8s. But, even with a perfectly shaped toebox, in US13 in these MT101s 4 of my toes were pressing against the front wall and the half-inch of room left on board is all in the tip. Which is a bummer. But I'll be sizing up and getting another pair of these almost immediately because they will definitely make for some trails of adventure/
From: Hanney, Sydney, NSW, Australia

Comments: Wow! These are my magic shoes. I have not wanted to run in anything else since getting them, even on the roads/pavement! I bought them for a 5 mile trail race I have coming up, but they have become my go to shoe for the road as well.
From: Chris, New Lebanon, Ohio, USA

Comments: Didn't think it could get much better than the MT100, these are so much better. Little more room for the toes so they don't get smashed going down hill. The upper is so much more comfortable, the hell collar has been cut down a bit and the feel underfoot has stayed exactly the same. NB really has a winner here. Almost didn't want to write this review in fear they may end up being out of stock in short order.
From: Justin, St. George, UT, USA

Comments: A great shoe! Nothing bad to say about the shoe, if you want it - go get it. First - this site is amazing, gives you every possible detail you can thing of the product! Second, the service was top notch, I have got the shoe in like no time, my emails were answered quickly and good, really amazing shop and nothing bad to say about the guys running here the site.
From: Oz, IL

Comments: Overall I am extremely happy with the shoe and glad I purchased them, especially looking at some of the various other trail shoes offered.  I did cheat a little by ordering a couple pair of Balega wool socks with them.  These add a little bit of cushion that the shoe, by its design, is lacking and is appreciated.  The natural aspects of wool make them near ideal running socks and I encourage anyone who has not tried them to do so.
From: Rob, Montague, MI, USA

Comments: I love these shoes!!!!!! The fit was right on the money.  They are alittle wider in the toebox than my Inov8's.  The heel holds my foot perfectly.  The sole grips the trail grest and even better when I am going running down hill.  The rockstop really does a great job keeping the jagged rocks from hurting the ball of my foot. I will be buying a second pair......
From: John, CO, USA