Boasting a bit of cushioning and underfoot protection, the New Balance WT1010 bridges the gap between minimal and more substantial trail shoes.
The Trail 1010 is the most built-up trail offering within New Balance’s popular Minimus collection. Though the 1010 does not fall into the same minimalist category as other Minimus shoes due to its increased cushioning and rock protection, it does boast a 4mm heel-to-toe offset built into a lightweight midsole that allows for plenty of ground feel. We enjoyed the low profile feel along with the confidence of having a bit of substance underfoot.
The 1010 performed excellently on a variety of tested terrains, including dry hardpack and rocky trails. We found the Vibram outsole’s bi-directional design to provide a sure footing running both up and down hills, and the forefoot rock plate delivered solid protection against sharp rocks on the trail without making the shoe too stiff.
The 1010 is built with a wide forefoot fit to allow for a more natural toe splay from footstrike to toe-off. Testers found that the increased volume took a few runs to get used to, but once they got situated they appreciated the more generous fit. The roomy forefoot makes the 1010 a good option for runners with a wider foot that may be a tight squeeze in other stripped-down trail models.
This would make for a great transitional shoe for runners looking to move from a traditional trail shoe to a more minimal option.
The increased cushioning over other Minimus offerings make this shoe better suited for longer runs than the MT00 and MT10. I would use the MT1010 for runs up to 30 miles.
Being used to narrower shoes, it took a few runs to acclimate to the wider toebox of the 1010. The wide fit isn't really a hinderance though, and those with a higher volume foot will appreciate the extra space.