Comments: These are great road trainers and are good for long slow runs. At first, durable uppers feels tight on the foot. But once its broken in, it expands and accomodates wide forefoot sizes. I've put 450+ miles of road running in these pair.
From: Mak, OZ
Comments: Used this shoe all summer of '11. At the end of the summer I had some terrible knee pain and messed up toenails. Part of it is my fault for over-doing it, but I feel these shoes also had something to do with it too. As a mid-foot/forefoot striker, these shoes are a strange combination of being too stiff, too narrow in the toe box and too harsh with the landing, especially on pavement. Kinvaras don't bother my knee, neither do Altras. For some reason these do. They look cool though.
From: Adam, Philadelphia, PA, USA
Comments: I ALMOST liked these a alot. They're a simple trainer/road flat with moderate heel-drop, moderately flexible, have the foot-shaped toe-box and heel....But they feel like I'm running in dress shoes with a giant raised platform in the heel. They must of used a different density foam or something, because they feel like there is a sharp-drop/ledge from the heel to toe of the shoe. My first run left me feeling like I had been repeatedly punched in the feet as this 'ledge' dug into my foot and irritated my plantar fascia. At the very least, this is a shoe you need to try on prior to purchase (no matter how much the description sounds like exactly what you're looking for). FYI: 50 miles a week, 165lb, sub 17min 5ker who regularly runs in 'minimalist' shoes (Kinvaras and various road/xc flats)
From: Mike, Tallahassee, FL, USA
Comments: Out of the box, they feel like the lateral edge of the shoe is raised, which makes my foot roll inward. Weird feeling. Not sure if this feeling goes away as i haven't ran in them yet. Wondering if anyone else feels the inward roll feeling.
From: Eli, Seattle, WA, USA
Comments: Desparately trying to replace my last pair of Nike Free 5.0 v4 and thought I'd give these a try. The fit is true to length but the toe box is very wide and tall, so I was disappointed - felt like I was wearing clown shoes. So I'll use these for treadmill runs to get some mileage out of them - but still haven't found anything to match the slipper fit of the v4's :(
From: bruce, Sarasota, FL, USA
Comments: i had a hard time finding a minimal low platform shoe. i twist my ankles a lot. i also needed a little more cushioning for road running. so far i have put in a couple of handful of shorter runs, and a few 13-ish mile runs. i like the shoe a lot. i run sockless.
From: tony, salem, ma, usa
Comments: Got these shoes at the beginning of July. Did a severe downhill run a couple of weeks ago, and now it feels as if there is a rock on the edge of the toe-box. Ran a 5k today and my feet got ridiculously hot. The back of my ankle rubs a bit on the shoe. I will agree that this is not the greatest minimalist shoe... there is just too much between the foot and the ground. But this is not the worst shoes I have ever bought.
From: Jerrod, Irvine, CA
Comments: After running another week in these, I must qualify my earlier comment below about breathability. The upper seems to retain more moisture than than other shoes in the lightweight trainer category I'm familiar with. Otherwise, great shoe.
From: Rob, Richmond, KY, USA
Comments: Have little effect on my stride or foot strike so I adjusted to these in far less time than advertised. After a mile or so I was just running along. Enough cushioning to run pain free without thinking about footstrike. Look more different than they feel. I don't worry much about pace while I'm running, but do check my watch at the end of the run and when I run in these shoes, or Adidas ClimaCool Rides, I consistently come in faster than I expect to, even when compared to lighter shoes.
From: Dave, Central CT, USA
Comments: Great shoe for those of us who need a daily trainer that has the lower heel-drop and flexibility of a racing flat, but with cushioning a bit closer to the 'light weight trainer' shoe category. Very comfortable without socks and, in stark contrast to a previous reviewer, I find that it has excellent breathability. My non-running, everyday shoes have a zero heel-drop, so it was easy to transition immediately from the Mizuno Precision to the Minimus Road. (Wish Mizuno would either lower the heel of the Precision or come up with competitor to the Minimus).
From: Rob (6ft., 150-155lbs, 75+ miles/week), Richmond, KY, USA
Comments: I really wanted to love these, and in fact at the first try on I really loved the feeling of the last and the midsole. However, there are some issues that New Balance needs to address. First is breathability - they are simply too hot for running in the Texas heat. Second is that the tongue sheds its dye all over your socks. Third, and some may disagree with this, but I think the shoes are simply too thick and isolated from the ground - considering their name. They are quite rigid, making them suitable for speed work, but ultimately the thickness and lack of flexibility seemed to work against me. You'll love these if: You want a firm, almost old fashioned shoe for speed work or long tempo runs, and live in a cooler climate. You won't love these if: You live in a hot climate, care about sock bleed, and are looking for something more like a cushier race flat.
Comments: I think this is a great minimal shoe that works great for an everyday trainer and a road racing shoe. I like the light weight design and the feel of the shoe when running.
From: Jordan, Minneapolis, MN, USA