New Balance Minimus MR10 Review

Kevin Fonger

If there's an activity or sport, I'll generally try it at least once. My main activities include running, hiking, skiing, cycling, camping, backpacking, and pretty much anything else you can think of. I love writing product reviews as I like helping people find the right gear so they will enjoy their activity that much more.

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9 Responses

  1. Shannon says:

    Hello again!
    I have been using the new Minimus as a race shoe for those local 5 km races and as a trainer for speed workouts. Like the AGR, I haven’t completely switched over to running barefoot or minimalist everyday, yet I am incorporating it into my training routine.
    The first time I put the NB Minimus Road WR10 I felt like I was stepping back in time to the days of racing flats back in high school. The Minimus WR10 is even comfy when worn without socks, another reminder of days long ago.
    The Minimus WR10, like the other Minimus shoes has a heel-toe drop of 4mm. Per the designers, they kept a slight drop to broaden the options for individuals just getting into the minimalist movement without out going completely free. There is some descent cushioning in the forefoot-midfoot region, but don’t worry it doesn’t weigh too much. The first day after running in these, I had some sore muscles which signifies that these shoes really do allow you to re-engage smaller muscles.
    I have emailed NB to get the exact weight of the Minimus WR10, but I am guessing somewhere around 7 oz for my size 9.5s. The WR10’s come in this bright white package, not quite as fun as the men’s model, but I guess I can deal. Excited to see how the market responds to these three new shoes from NB.

  2. Greg says:

    I tried the MR10 today at my local running store. I have been using the Nike free for the last 10 months. I can tell you this shoe is not for everybody. There is no real feel with this shoe. Also it seems a bit stiff. I opted for the trail shoe. I was hoping this was going to be a transition shoe from the free but found that is not the case. But this is just my opinion and I am by far not a shoe guru. And yes I ran a few miles in the trail shoe and found it to my liking.

  3. John says:

    I’ve been running on the MR 10s for about a week. Moving to the Minimus road shoe was worth the wait! I’d put over 600 miles on my NB 101’s pending the release. The MR 10s provide a nice comfort level while definately promoting the front/mid-foot strike. The shoes are light as a feather. The NB tread pattern provides great grip and provides some cushioning. The wide toe box provides ample room for the toes to splay out. The shoes are more in line with Nike Frees than with the newly released Minimus MT 10s (I’ve put nearly 150 miles on my MT 10s over the past four weeks). The MT 10s feel and perform very much like the Vibram five fingers. I do wish the MT 10 kept the steel plate incorporated into the NB 100 and 101 models. The Vibram bottoms on the MT 10s have areas that allow sharp stones and rocks to really be felt (what many true barefoot runners may want, but tough when running Ultras on rocky courses). I find the heel of the new MR 10 to be much more comfortable than the MT 10s. Both New Balance models (in my opinion) run small. I normally wear size 12, but went with the 13s in the Minimus models.

    All-in-all, both are great shoes. While they have the same 4 mm toe to heal drop, that’s where the similarities end. The MR 10s provide comfort on concrete while the MT 10s provide great feel on the trails (just not rocky trails . . . ouch!). New Balance has winners in both models . . . great job!

  4. Brandon B. says:

    I noticed today during a speed workout today that my feet became very hot and started burning on the balls of my feet and I was wondering if this was natural for this shoe.

  5. That can happen from time to time in any running shoe, especially in speed workouts. What type of speed workouts were you doing?

    How long have you been running in these shoes? Transitioning to a minimalist running shoe takes time and you will experience some akes and pains along the way as you are using muscles that haven’t been used as much in the past.

  6. Ken L. says:

    I have been reading many reviews about the MR10. I have flat feet and I am worried the shoe won’t work for me. Any ideas?

  7. Terry says:

    I was looking into trying these shoes but I’ll pass. I just remembered when I bought my last pair of converse. That old school, flat chuck taylor design had my flat feet burning!
    I’ll stick with the well cushioned styles by NB. Thank you!

  8. Darryl B says:

    I’ve had my MT10s for about 200 miles now and I have run into two problems that have me thinking about switching to the MR10s.

    The first is that the right inner sole has started to come apart. The second is that twice when going longer miles, I have developed huge blisters on the ball of my fooot. I’m switching from mostly grass/mud/rocky trails to concrete and asphalt in preparation for a marathon.

    Some additional information: I have bad knees and the write-ups on minimalist running suggested that I will do better with a minimal shoe than with the big motion-contol shoes. The other is that I weigh 280 pounds (and descending), so whatever I do is going to need to be strong. I’ve been overall happy with the MT10s in this regard. Even at my starting weight about 30 pounds ago I could handle walking on rocks with no problem, but running is a bit more of a challenge.

  9. Transtioning Runner says:

    I typically run between 3-6 miles on flat pavement, a few small hills mixed in.

    Aside from running in the new GO Run minimal shoes by Skechers, I find these to be a nice glide.

    I’m a fan of lightweight, breathable, roomy, (almost) neutral last positioning, rocker bottom designs.

    I’m still in the transition out of big, bulky running shoes and the more I correct my gait aspects the more I go into minimal mid to forefoot designs..

    Love it.

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